January 13th, 2018

Beauty of Haiti from ReelCast Productions on Vimeo.


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  1. This comment was submitted by Dr. Tony Kovatch:
    We took care of a baker’s dozen of the Haitian refugee children after the earthquake there many moons ago. I remember the xenophobia and insecurity I felt when I went to check them out at Holy Family Institute the Friday night they arrived in Pittsburgh — a good amount of snow had fallen that day (much like this weekend) but they seemed unimpressed.
    After treating for scabies, ringworm, and other maladies indigenous to poverty and struggling a little with the language barrier (Holy Family found interpreters), I came to the realization that these children are absolutely no different inherently than those of the United States — some were endearing, some were cooperative (some not so much), some were talkative (some not so much), and almost all of them hated to receive the plethora of vaccinations they needed to enter the country. When they were placed with adopted families in the US, we missed all of them — to a man.
    I think the individual human spirit is a microcosm of the world at large. We all have our layers which we fortify for public consumption, while we pay minimal heed to our underlying core — the soul that dictates our ultimate destiny. Do we not all harbor a “shithole” that we cover up or leave in the hands of our personal “spindoctor”?
    I think “we the people” need to strip the layers that hide the core and work tirelessly at changing the “national shithole” into a core of goodness and kindness.
    At least that’s one old man’s opinion.

  2. Sorry, readers for using profanity — my family called me out on it. I should have used the term “dark side.”

    • It seems to me that you were just accurately repeating an adjective used by someone else. Trying to clean up someone else’s verbal mess by using different adjectives (ones that were not originally used) would, I think, not be appropriate in this case. Even using asterisks (“sh*thole”) is a pathetic attempt to make what was said more acceptable, which it clearly was not.
      Most of The PediaBlog’s readers are adults. It’s a tough world out there, made more difficult by the words and actions of leaders who should know better; who should work on behalf of their human constituents to make this country, and this world, a better place.

  3. Thanks to the editor—it was not the word itself but the context that was so alarming.


    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 

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