I think "Everything is going to be ok" is a mantra that health care providers use to try to escape their own pain, fear and sense of helplessness when there is nothing that we can do to save a precious life.

reading this article so reminded me of six miserable months of my life when I had stomach acid burn s in my larynx and on two separate occasion had swelling so severe I could not breathe. I began the weekly cycle of seeing a Laryngologist to be scoped to assess the status of my larynx and yes saying eeeere. My larynx looked like a bright red volcano on the doctor's screen. Finally the lisinopril cough which irritated my throat went away, the not eating after 5pm, the total elinimination of lemon, mint tomato, soft drinks and the controlling of my…

When we clear out of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria it will only be a short time before we again commit troops to a conflict without clear cut goals, a time line and a point where we look at the conflict and if nothing is being accomplished, leave. America's post Korean War history (by the way there was a clear cut objective very quickly achieved---securing the 38th Parallel---but then McArthur decided to INVADE No Korea and that is where the next 3 years of the war sat after UN forces invaded the North and were then pushed back to the 38th…

My three greatest losses during the pandemic have been my favorite social activities related to music (visiting my local guitar store and playing with my local folk music pickup band) and running trains at my model railroad club and attending morning Minyan prayers daily at my synagogue. Praying with a group on Zoom just isn't the same as being in a room with nine other Jews saying morning prayers. Praying part of a small group which includes Torah passages lifts me into a totally more involved connection with my faith. I really do miss those in person prayers. The one…

America is an incredibly intellectually rich and enterprising country. We have a history of facing the insurmountable and then overcoming it. We beat small pox and then polio by a combination of strong leadership, civil engagement, commonsense and common purpose. But today we as a country lack these four characteristics and we are the poorer for it. …

I spent much of my clinical social work career being the social worker for a major tertiary regional medical center’s HIV/AIDS program. Having the opportunity to work with Infectious Disease Specialists and HIVologist physicians and nurse practitioners as well as attending both physician centric and social work centric seminars I learned alot about the pathophysiology of the HIV virus. And I began to think about how this knowledge would apply to other viral pathogens. I began my work with HIV/AIDS before there were ANY anti-retrovirals . I then remember the first slight opening of the door with the FDA approval…

I was a licensed clinical social worker for 44 years at a large midwestern VA Hospital. My last assignment before retirement was as the social worker for the Geriatric Outpatient Clinic. Actually a good training assignment for the rest of your life if you are over 65. I learned alot of interesting information as I helped veterans 80 years old and over to deal with the many challenges that come up in life with aging.

Now that I am retired it seems as if every other phone call I got in the last month (I get it in stereo since…

Frank Vozak

Retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker with practice specialties in Geriatrics, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Gender Therapy

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