A permanent keepsake
I read Mary Malloy’s “Pretty in ink” column, in the Dec. 18-24, issue, with unbelievable excitement since I, a mother of two beautiful daughters and seven grandchildren, was considering getting a tattoo for my 75th birthday. I thought, “How could someone at my stage of life do something like that?”
Well, thanks to Mary’s courage and inspiration to get her own special tattoo, I did it! The design consists of two hearts for my daughters, and seven infinity signs for my four grandsons and three granddaughters, all going in a circle around my wrist — it looks just like lace! It’s so meaningful, and it keeps my loved ones close to me every minute. My 22-year-old granddaughter, Mia, 22, joined me in this venture and held my hand during the whole process. We had one of the most wonderful days together. Thank you, Ms. Malloy.
Angela Jean Mendola
A better health plan
To the Editor:
There’s no question that the sole practitioner family doctor is an endangered species, as Jerry Kremer noted in his column, “The family doctor, an endangered species” (Dec. 4-10, 2014).
I have had a very positive relationship with my sole practitioner family doctor for more years than I want to admit. He’s made himself available and, I believe, treated my various ailments professionally and well.
Like Kremer, I recognize that one more government regulation will probably drive him into retirement, and that I will have to seek care at a facility with multiple physicians and perhaps a hospital-based practice. People my age are not usually thrilled with change — however, I’m not as stressed about this as Kremer is because the new model for providing care has benefits for both me and for doctors.