May 6, 2000
Kudos to Rick Fox, an athlete who actually seems to have his priorities straight. Fox made the decision to be with his wife when she gave birth and risked missing participating in a playoff game. Seems the logical thing to do to 99% of the population, but I know there have been plenty of athletes who have not gone to be with a dying parent, a sick child or a pregnant wife, all in the name of trying to win a "big" game. Fox is my MVP for this series, win or lose. His baby is going to have a very special father.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2009 |
A 37-year-old woman who deserted from the Army in 1999 has been given an administrative discharge, officials said Saturday. Giselle Flynn, a local bus driver, was arrested Feb. 14 on a desertion warrant and jailed for several days before being sent to Ft. Sill, Okla. Her attorney, Jeremiah Sullivan, said Army officials agreed to expedite the paperwork so she could return to her family. Flynn came home in 1999 to be with a sick child. After going AWOL, she tried twice to turn herself in to Navy officials in San Diego but was rebuffed.
November 26, 2008 |
We've got Thanksgiving this week, but no big deal, I give thanks every day of my life that I don't live in Angryville. I spend most days giving thanks. Thanks to the wife and daughter, for example, who will pack pillows on our five-hour drive to Arizona today, which will encourage them to fall asleep. Thanks for peace and quiet. I give thanks Hometown Buffet will be open to serve dinner Thursday knowing the other daughter will be trying to cook a turkey for the first time.
May 16, 1986 |
Pediatric nurse Gail Gonzales says that at least half a dozen mornings a year, working parents wake up to the dreaded words: "Mommy, I don't feel good. . . ." Suddenly, what might have been a carefully mapped-out day is shattered by desperate calls to sitters, grandmothers or neighbors, the dreary prospect of lost wages or missed meetings, calling in "sick" to an annoyed boss, expensive medical bills and even resentment toward the sick child.
February 23, 2014
Re "A humane stance on dying kids," Opinion, Feb. 20 Unsettling decisions regarding a child's "right to die" and whether his or her life measures up anymore must be determined carefully. Members of a medical and psychosocial team, as well as the patient and patient's family, should be included in the process. With guidance by trained professionals, the process of listening to a sick child's fears and frustrations can help to decipher sometimes subtle differences between depression, cognitive disorganization, feelings of hopelessness and a desire to hasten one's own death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1988
Working parents who have struggled for years to find child care will be delighted to know that politicians (and editors!) have finally discovered this crisis. While the demand for care certainly exceeds the supply, it is not always due to a shortage of willing, qualified providers. As a registered nurse and a working parent I had many times faced the dilemma of what to do with a sick child. I tried for two years to open a center for mildly ill children in Ventura County. Denied a conventional loan and unable to interest local employers--including hospitals--in a joint venture, I turned to the City Council.