A wholly positive experience of our health service
Published 05/12/2015 | 02:30
On a recent stay in hospital, my bed was described by one patient as the "nut bed" because I just kept saying I was having a great time.
The hospital was Our Lady's Hospital, Orthopaedic Unit, Navan, and my reason for being there, at 82 years of age, was to have my right knee replaced.
There were needles, morphine and pain but none of the clinical intimidation that can terrify a new admission.
I am nervous, like many, with a vivid imagination that seeks complications, where none may exist, but the joy and composure of the staff in Navan, the peaceful ambiance of the place and the genuine welcome I felt on arrival dispelled all anxiety and demonstrated clearly that I could have "a great time" in whatever lay ahead, putting my trust in the Lord.
I committed my faith to a caring and competent surgeon from India - Mr Mahaptea - my welfare to the friendly and welcoming staff and my confidence to the prayers of my wife and my friends.
I want to dispel much of the negativity that surrounds the health service and share my happy experience with everyone else in similar need. 'Navan Orthopaedic' is a precious jewel set in the Boyne Valley that everyone should be made aware of.
I do not wish to diminish the right to better care for those who already suffer in our hospital system with my enthusiasm, but in a population where many suffer from an arthritis, and thus pain is often part of many people's lives, everyone should know there is a dedicated team of Irish and other nationalities to care for them.
Here medical care is consoling and compassionate and is applied with a delicacy that always considers the dignity of age.
Donald Mc Donnell
Collon, Co Louth
The climate change Titanic
Reading Ian O'Doherty's article, (Irish Independent, December 2) about the recent climate change conference in Paris, I was moved to ponder the following question.
If, on board the Titanic, there had been a group of oceanographers, meteorologists and naval architects who submitted a report to the captain advising that the ship was entering the north Atlantic ice fields and that a collision with an iceberg would likely sink it, and recommending that boat's speed should be reduced, would there also have been an Ian O'Doherty figure, who would have jumped up shouting "No, no, nonsense! These people don't know what they're talking about. Full steam ahead!"?
Nenagh, Co Tipperary
The so-called property ladder
I am amused at hearing economists and other talking heads refering to the inability of young couples to get on the 'property ladder' due to mortgage restrictions imposed by the Central Bank.
Due to Government-introduced austerity measures property prices have fallen in the last few years.
I am reminded when I hear this much-vaunted phrase of the children's game of Snakes and Ladders. One climbed up the ladders then inevitably slid down the snakes. Surely it would be more appropriate now to refer to the property snake?
Templeogue, Dublin 6W
Nothing Islamic about Isil
Do we realiase that the entire world, the global media and we the Muslims all over the world are inadvertently tarnishing the good image of Islam by referring to the Daesh - the extremists and butchers of Syria and Iraq - as members of Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or Isil (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant).
These sick murderers cannot be part of any Islamic state - as a matter of fact they cannot be Muslims either. They should, therefore, be called members of Nisis (Non-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
A worldwide campaign, or rather anti-campaign, to rename Isis as Nisis should be promoted and shared by the moderates of all religions and ordinary Muslims and their friends all over the world to show our rejection, denial and refusal of the extremist methodology of these sick people hiding behind Islam.
Equally it would show solidarity with all the innocent victims of their horrendous criminal attacks and atrocities anywhere throughout the globe.
I call on the respected media all over the world to please stop referring to them as Isis or Isil. From today, let's all call them "Nisis" - Non-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Every time someone refers to them as Isis or Isil, the word "Islam" automatically pops out in the subconscious mind. And its repetition - however imperceptible it might be - does leave an indelible mark and impression on one's mind. Over a period it gets embedded there and the good name of Islam - the religion of peace - is gradually and unwittingly tarnished beyond repair.
So, from here onwards it is the Nisis and not Isis. Please do spread the word around. Thanks.
Colonel Riaz Jafri (Retd)
An enduring Christmas classic
May I recommend a wonderful classic read coming up to Christmas this year, which brings out the child in us all: 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
I try to read it every Christmas. Here are some of my favourite quotes:
"For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas".
"I don't know what to do! cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath".
(As he gets another chance at life in his old age after his night of terror with his ghosts.)
"I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy, I am as giddy as a drunken man.
"A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world!"
Brian Mc Devitt
Glenties, Co Donegal
Humans on the phone
It's that time of year when all my utility and insurance contracts are up for renewal. I have made numerous phone calls, listened to seemingly endless automated directions, instructions and product advertisements and been asked the 'I want to drive you over the edge' question: "Sorry I can't help you with that; is there anything else I can help you with?"
There was only one company - Flogas - where a human being immediately answered the phone and gave me the information I needed in a concise and friendly manner.
This is definitely a record!
Swords, Co Dublin