Thursday, December 11, 2008

Miracles of Medicine

To everyone, especially my students, whose emails I haven't returned. I'm really sorry, and I'll try to catch up, but my four-year-old son has been very sick (vomiting for 12 hours straight) and we had to take him to the Emergency Room last night for IV fluids. He's now doing much better, but it was (obviously) very tough for him and for the family.

Very sobering to think that 50 years ago, or at least 100 years ago, a bad bout of stomach flu could mean a dead child. It certainly makes one grateful for the years of science and engineering and medicine that goes into having an IV line with a peristaltic pump and sterile saline solution and the miracle drug of zofran and the ability to check blood electrolytes in less than an hour. And most of all, I'm grateful for the training and kindness of every single person we encountered in the ER. My little guy went from a limp, glassy-eyed rag doll to a somewhat contented child munching on popsicles and watching Bob the Builder in only a few hours. Thanks to you all, and to the long, long line of giants upon whose shoulders we all stand. May our own efforts be worthy of theirs and give as much to the people of the future as they have given to us.


Andrew said...

I am so pleased to hear that he is recovering well.

Michelle said...

I'm thankful to learn that he's doing so much better! That must have been really scary.

Robbery_Joe said...

Professor- I'm not one of your official students, but over the course of my college career I listed to all of your Modern Scholar lectures.

Just wanted to say, I'm glad to hear your son is well. My godson is a year old and has athsma. So, talking about the wonders of modern medicine hits close to home.

Merry Christmas.