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.
May 7, 2010 |
The joy of having a baby quickly morphed into logistical panic when Devorah Gartner learned her newborn had suffered a prenatal stroke and needed daily physical therapy. So the computer software manager asked her employer for a month's leave to care for her daughter. The answer was no, which meant Gartner had to quit her job to care for her child. She lost her health insurance and spiraled into debt. This is not an individual tragedy, writes Sharon Lerner in "The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation," but a national fiasco.
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.
March 7, 2010 |
Since the Academy takes no account of sex in designating best art direction or best editing, the question comes up every year: Why differentiate between actor and actress in awarding Oscars? But there is more to the linguistic distinction between "actress" and "actor" than mere sexism or stereotyping, as can be seen in the following thought experiment. Imagine two scenarios: In the first, it's late at night and you phone a medical clinic to request a house call for your sick child.
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.