My doctor deserves every penny of it and much more besides. He works his butt off. From 8 am to 10 am he does his rounds (for people who can't leave home - very useful when you have two sick babies ...). Then consults until noon, in theory. In reality, he is often still there at 1pm. If there are emergencies, he will go and see them (at home) from 1.30 pm to 2 pm. Then he consults until 7 pm. He does this Mon-Fri and Saturday morning too. His manner is cheerful, comfortable and he is very informative. I consider him almost as a friend.
13 years ago, he had a partner and they shared the consultations and rounds. When she retired he found himself on his own and hasn't been able to find a replacement for her. We're 20 miles from the nearest city, in a rural area, and young doctors don't fancy that. They're rather work 9-5 ... sigh. My doc has a tough time even finding a replacement so he can go on vacation. Last year, he managed to find a locum for 3 weeks. The locum called him back after ONE week because he couldn't take it and walked out...
So, yes, my doc probably makes a lot of money but what is the point in that if he never gets a chance to SPEND the darn stuff? If I had a magic wand, I'd give him 4 decent vacations per year with no worries about finding a locum until he felt rested and restored enough. He needs TIME not money and he deserves it.View Thread
Really? she was throwing books and furniture ... This wasn't a standard tantrum. Get it out of her system? Seriously? How much damage would you be prepared to pay for and would it be acceptable to you that she harm herself while throwing stuff about? Imagine if she broke an arm or poked out an eye while rioting...View Thread
I don't know about being nice but I firmly believe that politeness and courtesy accompanied by a smile make the world a more pleasant place to live and I do my best to teach that to my daughters. When you stop to let someone cross at a pedestrian crossing and they look at you and you smile and they smile back ... well that makes two of you that have had a "nice" moment in your day View Thread
In reality, many parents don't know very much about things like contraception, STDs, etc. (I suggest you read through some of the questions on the sex boards if you don't believe me) and are often at a loss. Many of them still believe in the myths that THEY heard at school (can't get pregnant the first time, can't get pregnant standing up, a girl can't get pregnant if she doesn't orgasm ...). At least with a sound education of the basic mechanics (for lack of a better word) a child will at least be better prepared. Then let the parents teach the rest (morals, emotions, etc.).View Thread
1,570 new cases per year. That's an awful lot less than 30 000. It is still an extremely rare cancer and non-circumcision is not the only risk factor - HPV, HIV, poor hygiene, age, etc. all factor in too.View Thread
Phimosis can be successfully treated in virtually all cases with steroid creams and gentle stretching. The cases that do not respond to this can be treated by a dorsal slit. No need to remove anything.View Thread
"look up the death rates in Europe for Breast Cancer where there is Universial coverage"
That makes no sense whatsoever. Not only do breast cancer figures vary wildly depending on the country but not all european countries have universal coverage - and some have excellent health systems.View Thread