For the past 23 years, I have been mostly worrying about myself and my family. Ever since I began writing this blog, however, my focus has shifted slightly to include other members of the human race, especially those in the spina bifida and hydrocephalus extended community.
Nemours is committed to quality pediatric care. I should know, since I saw many spina bifida specialists at their Orlando clinic for years.
Established in 1936, Nemours was created using the vision of Alfred I. duPont, to provide care for “crippled, but curable, children.” Alfred duPont was an inventor and accomplished musician who believed in helping people in need.
Fast-forward 74 years. Today, CEO David J. Bailey, M.D., is in charge, and he is doing everything in his power to carry out the powerful legacy left for him. A gastroenterologist, Dr. Bailey decided to go for his Master’s in Business Administration to help them fulfill their vision of “freedom from disability for children.”
Recently, Nemours has established a number of community programs that serve children in various ways. Their BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative helps give young children with the reading disorder an early advantage. Nemours Health & Prevention Services is running an initiative to help prevent and eradicate childhood obesity.
The Northeast Florida Pediatric Diabetes Center is a collaboration of Nemours and its affiliated hospital to provide support and instruction to families with children recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Furthermore, Nemours also strives to promote asthma awareness, and also has a Health Clinic for elderly patients. In short, they advocate an all-encompassing, proactive approach to medicine.
These days, I’ve been relishing spending time with my parents during these last few days of my Christmas break. Yesterday, we went to the town of Winter Park, and I persuaded them to let me take them to a fancy French restaurant, Paris Bistro. It was a tantalizing experience! I’m a down-to-earth girl, but every once in a while I have to wine-and-dine.
After my trip to Puerto Rico, I felt the need to touch base again with the roots I left behind literally last year! So, I went to Church this morning, spent some time with God and my friends there, and then joined Mom and Dad for a meal at one of my favorite haunts, Piccolo Gelato. To be honest, I don’t always have the gelato. They have so many great things on their menu. I invariably have a cappuccino, and today I shared a crêpe with Dad, filled with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, and basil. Wonderful!
And so continues my unconventional, but therapeutic holiday season. I better enjoy it while it lasts.