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Thursday, October 21, 2004

 

Humbling

How often do you think you do not have enough, that the service was terrible or that 8 hour wait in the ER was torture?
How often do you take a step back and look at all you have, the great service you received and the fact that a doctor saw you instead of refusing you?
On Monday night some friends of ours flew in from Ukraine. They are missionaries there, have 3 children and are pregnant with a fourth. They are just the greatest people, happy with what they have.
The reason they came to Australia while pregnant was because the pregnancy wasn't going according to schedule and the doctors in Ukraine did not want to treat such a risk. PG is 27 weeks pregnant but the trouble is placenta previa, where the placenta is situated over the cervix instead of at the top of the womb. PG is an American married to an Australian (we were present at their wedding about 10 years ago).
I knew her husband before I knew her. I actually met him at hubby's first place of employment in Australia, introduced myself to him and then had 3 other people introduce us to each other. It was a laugh at the time.
Back to the story.
Tonight we met up with them briefly and I thought about what they don't have over there and what they do. We girls talked while the boys fiddled with a PC and the kids watched a movie/wet their pants/explored. PG said she was thankful how a girl had offered to do cleaning for her. It is great that she was offered that. Hubby employs a cleaner because I am not the best housekeeper (sometimes) and he says he wants me to not have to do the housework.
Over in Ukraine they have long winters and I do not think they can grow anything during that time, so the warm months are spent bottling and preserving.
There is so much that we can be thankful for, as we have so much more (knowledge and healthcare included) then other countries.
Our health care system is pretty darn good compared to others. The government fits the bill for the first 31 days of public hospital stay. They even paid for my tubal ligation and the waiting list was only a few months. The government pays for dental (very long waiting list there though), optometrists, immunization and various other things, but only if you are an Australian citizen.
The government is still urging the public to take on private health cover though, so that some of the burden on the public health care system is eased. We have private health care cover, but not for the hospital. When we needed dentistry work done we took it to a private practice so that we could get in and out quickly. If hubby needs physio due to sports injuries, that is covered. So is the majority of a new pair of glasses. Sometimes it is easier to go private then public. I am glad we have that choice.
We have so many choices and privledges.
My hat goes off to those who are doing missionary work in the poorer countries (not necessarily poorer due to money either). They are doing a wonderful job.

I know quite a few people who are missionaries in Ukraine and from what I hear they are doing a great job. I also have a sister-in-law and her husband (plus 2 nieces and a nephew) in Paraguay. I share driving to girls brigade with a lady who spent many years on a ship that went to various countries on missionary work, my great uncle (dead now) and his wife were missionaries to the aboriginals in the outback.
How do we help?
We help by giving donations to who we can, when we can. We also help by sponsoring a little girl in Bangladesh.
Unfortunately in this day and age (where did that saying come from), we have to choose who we give to or we would be giving money left right and centre as there are so many people who are asking for donations.

Ok, that is all written now, it is time to put the kids into bed, try to do some painting and not cough out my lungs.

PS. The antibiotics the doc gave me are working great and I feel pretty normal apart from the cough, sniffles and sore throat. Yay!

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