MyHealthEVet.com . . . .

that is the address for the official interface online between veterans and those who provide health care to veterans, in the USA.

There is just one problem.  It doesn’t work, at least 50% of the time.

For example, I recently contacted my primary care doctor through the MyHealthEVet.com site, about a (potentially minor) health concern, and got a reply back asking about my access to online video conferencing technology.  I responded that I do not use any online service of that nature, and do not trust them to be secure, and the reply was ANOTHER REQUEST for my contact information via the preferred video conferencing services the VA wanted to use to conduct an interview.

I realize that the Covid-19 crisis has placed a huge strain on health care providers, worldwide, and is still continuing to do so.  However, for them to place the burden of compromise on MY shoulders to be able to continue to provide services that they are LEGALLY required to deliver is beyond the scope of acceptability.   Either you can deliver the services you should through the interface already provided, or you need to update the interface.  It is not MY problem, and I will not bend my comfort zone to accommodate your problems!

Saturday Posts . . .

Today I will give you both an update and a “profound thought”.  Update first.

One of the volunteer trees we transplanted from my wife’s garden 2 years ago has died.  It grew to a respectable 8 feet tall (perhaps 10 feet) before the onset of winter 2019, but so far this spring it has shown no sign of continued life.

For some reason, this caused me to get introspective on the nature of life, death, and the “circle of life” – which my introspection led me to remembering a movie my wife and I have seen a few times.  It is called “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth”.   It is quite possibly the finest science-fiction story ever written.  If you haven’t seen it, I strongly urge you to rent it.  If you have access to the online streaming service TUBI you can watch it for free right now.  We did, just last night.

I won’t give you any spoilers, but the “profound thought” for today comes from that movie.  It is a statement made by the fictional character called (in the movie) John Oldman, and is a telling analysis that equally applies to any organized religion.

“Piety is not what the lessons bring to people, it is the mistake they bring to the lessons.”