When it is dark enough, you can see the stars

Given yesterday’s events, it’s hard to write about anything else right now. But what ‘s made the tragedy much more bearable are the many, many pieces I’ve seen focusing on the heroics of the emergency response teams, the generosity of everyday citizens, and the quiet competence of the medical providers. Sometimes we spend so much time talking about what’s wrong with the US health care system that we can overlook what is so right about it.

I can’t help but think about the many people I know in the medical field who work and live in Boston. I’m sure lots of them were called to action yesterday, and performed above and beyond the call of duty. I can’t get the thought of that eight year old victim out of my mind. But I’m sure there could have been many more had not so many heroes gone to work.

I’ll get back to complaining about the current state of affairs tomorrow. Today, I’d rather spend some time grateful that we still have so many of the finest medical personnel and facilities in the world. If only they always functioned so well together.


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