We hear about the "miracles" of modern medicine and, yes, there are some amazing things being done in the world of medicine.
Why do we still not have a cure for cancer, MS? For that matter, the common cold?
As I write this we have an aquaintance fighting a losing battle for his life. For several months he's had an "unknown virus". I'm not sure what that means except it has weakened his heart, he has pnueumonia, and was put on dialysis a couple of days ago because his organs are failing.
He's not the only one. A few years ago another friend of the family was in the prestigious Mayo Clinic where he, too, had come down with an "unknown virus" and within six weeks he was dead.
We're faced with super bugs, flesh eating bacteria and doctors who are as confused and helpless as the rest of us.
My heart goes out to this man's family. He is only a few years older than I am. He's married and has children, the youngest of which farms with him and was a school friend of our youngest.
It's never easy.
**Update: He lost his battle last night, Saturday the 17th**