Why does it seem that health care issues happen during the holidays? Perhaps it’s because of the additional stress everyone is feeling over the need to create the “perfect” holiday. During the past two weeks I’ve met many families experiencing health issues. Whether it’s a cold weather related ailment like pneumonia or a health event related to a hospitalization or surgery the situations are complicated by different factors. In some situations, children have come home for the holidays to find themselves now involved in situations of care. In others the situation has been going on for a while and just became more complicated. But regardless of the situation the fortunate aspect is that most of these individuals have someone to care about or to care for them; this in itself is a gift. No matter how you find yourself this holiday season, be thankful for the gift of a friend or family member who can help in a time of need.

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