Advice To Millennials

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Patriot44

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Just a little advice, not sure if this is the right place for it, but given the traffic, I thought that I would post.

At 42 years old, I have been around the world a few times. You guys need to take a step back and 'think' for a second. I was told this by my mentors at a young and aggressive 22 years of age, and I did. I did not like it but I took the advice and ran with it.

I have drank the finest wine in the world in Bordeaux and the finest whiskey in Tokyo. I have drank the finest beer in the world in Prague and the worst in the world, China. I have been around the world more times than I can even remember. I have been handed 'women' in China and sat through female auctions in Brazil. I have gotten drunk in three counties in the same day multiple times.

I have walked the streets on five continents and vacationed with my family all over the world- I gave my 17 year old daughter her first drink of beer in Munich and gave my son his first go at 'big boss' in Milan and Como. I have also visited and or worked in more than 42 states. I am missing about 40 countries here.

My advice to you all is to chill. Think about your words, actions and career paths. The world seems so much better, but you will never, EVER, come home to place like the USA. There is a reason that Hong Kong is rioting and waving American Flags. As someone that has defended this country on foreign sand, take a step back. Trust me on this one.

Always here for advice!
 
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Cmp1

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My advice to you all is to chill. Think about your words, actions and career paths. The world seems so much better, but you will never, EVER, come home to place like the USA. There is a reason that Hong Kong is rioting and waving American Flags. As someone that has defended this country on foreign sand, take a step back. Trust me on this one.

Pay attention to what your elders have to say,,,,they've been there,,,,

Put brain in Motion before mouth in gear,,,,
 

sleepr71

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I think all teenagers,upon graduation from high school should have to do a Mission trip into some of these 3rd world Apocolyptic stink holes that practice Socialism,etc 😉 About 1 month in Haiti,etc ought to do it. Instruct the Natives to not do anything “special” for them...treat them as just another citizen there 😜 They’d come back here & kiss the ground...
 
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Patriot44

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Do we have any millennials on this forum? Thought it was just a bunch of old geezers.
I think so, probably the ones so vocal about taking our guns, taxing the bejesus out of productive citizens and socialism in general.

I think all teenagers,upon graduation from high school should have to do a Mission trip into some of these 3rd world Apocolyptic stink holes that practice Socialism,etc 😉 About 1 month in Haiti,etc ought to do it. Instruct the Natives to not do anything “special” for them...treat them as just another citizen there 😜 They’d come back here & kiss the ground...
I will add to this by saying that I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and all of my travels minus the family vacations were for work. The United States of America has the best healthcare on earth, hands down, not even close. The actual care is better in some countries, but getting that care is sometimes impossible making the overall healthcare sub-par to ours.
 
I will add to this by saying that I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and all of my travels minus the family vacations were for work. The United States of America has the best healthcare on earth, hands down, not even close. The actual care is better in some countries, but getting that care is sometimes impossible making the overall healthcare sub-par to ours.
And for those who tout the UK's social health care system, note that their system has been in place for over 70 years (yes, SEVENTY years) and most Brits still have bad teeth, problems with vaccinations, shortages of medical equipment, cannot get timely surgery, cannot keep doctors in the system, and now government cannot pay for it!

Good posts 44!
 
I think so, probably the ones so vocal about taking our guns, taxing the bejesus out of productive citizens and socialism in general.



I will add to this by saying that I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and all of my travels minus the family vacations were for work. The United States of America has the best healthcare on earth, hands down, not even close. The actual care is better in some countries, but getting that care is sometimes impossible making the overall healthcare sub-par to ours.
Best in what sense? My experience has been the US healthcare system is a very expensive train wreck. I saw my ex bounce from doctor to doctor while experiencing chronic pain sometimes waiting weeks to be seen only to be shuffled out the door in tears after being seen for 5 minutes with no help. Doctor collects his insurance money and moves on to the next waiting room. Saw her treated like an addict by pharmacists trying to fill prescriptions for opioids that she desperately needed for her pain and understandably so given the governments involvement in their business. Contrast that with my experience working overseas in an oil rich country where I walked into a hospital with modern technology and US trained doctors and was able to see a specialist the same day. They invite you into their office, sit you down at their desk and take time to hear what's going on and address the problem. Night and day difference in my experience. Not saying socialized medicine is the way to go but whatever we would call our current system in my experience it is far from being the best.
 

Cmp1

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Best in what sense? My experience has been the US healthcare system is a very expensive train wreck. I saw my ex bounce from doctor to doctor while experiencing chronic pain sometimes waiting weeks to be seen only to be shuffled out the door in tears after being seen for 5 minutes with no help. Doctor collects his insurance money and moves on to the next waiting room. Saw her treated like an addict by pharmacists trying to fill prescriptions for opioids that she desperately needed for her pain and understandably so given the governments involvement in their business. Contrast that with my experience working overseas in an oil rich country where I walked into a hospital with modern technology and US trained doctors and was able to see a specialist the same day. They invite you into their office, sit you down at their desk and take time to hear what's going on and address the problem. Night and day difference in my experience. Not saying socialized medicine is the way to go but whatever we would call our current system in my experience it is far from being the best.
Yours could be an isolated incident with your ex,,,,the only problem I've had is been through the VA Dr's,,,,private Dr's,no problem,,,,it is a problem now with opioid's for pain unless you have a history with them,,,,
 
Yours could be an isolated incident with your ex,,,,the only problem I've had is been through the VA Dr's,,,,private Dr's,no problem,,,,it is a problem now with opioid's for pain unless you have a history with them,,,,

I don't think my experience was a one off. Stepfather passed from cancer a few years ago. They put him on a cocktail of drugs. He became incoherent. He would be awake with eyes open and you could talk to him and he would be completely nonresponseive. Just stare right through you. We didn't know what was going on with him. Thought he was dying. We asked the doctors if this was normal and they said it was. Something didn't seem right. Started digging more into the drugs he was on and there was one in particular that was to reduce pain sensitivity, like a nerve blocker or something that was reported to have these side effects. My mother told them she wanted him off of that. You couldn't just stop it cold turkey because it could induce seizures so they weaned him off of it and he came back as if out of a coma. The doctors were so hands off. I mean just look at a chart and write a prescription and move on to the next patient. If he hadn't had family there to advocate for him he would have just wasted away in that bed with little attention and no recourse.

I know there are a lot of good people in the field and we have great technology etc but there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of access and quality of care. I don't know much about the cause of these problems but my inclination is that government involvement is probably at the root of a lot of it.
 

northgeorgiasportsman

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Best in what sense? My experience has been the US healthcare system is a very expensive train wreck. ......Not saying socialized medicine is the way to go but whatever we would call our current system in my experience it is far from being the best.
It may be an expensive trainwreck, but it's still the best in the world. There's a reason foreign heads of state and affluent people from around the world come to the US for cancer treatment.

And virtually all the world's top doctors have come here to learn their trade.
 

Cmp1

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I don't think my experience was a one off. Stepfather passed from cancer a few years ago. They put him on a cocktail of drugs. He became incoherent. He would be awake with eyes open and you could talk to him and he would be completely nonresponseive. Just stare right through you. We didn't know what was going on with him. Thought he was dying. We asked the doctors if this was normal and they said it was. Something didn't seem right. Started digging more into the drugs he was on and there was one in particular that was to reduce pain sensitivity, like a nerve blocker or something that was reported to have these side effects. My mother told them she wanted him off of that. You couldn't just stop it cold turkey because it could induce seizures so they weaned him off of it and he came back as if out of a coma. The doctors were so hands off. I mean just look at a chart and write a prescription and move on to the next patient. If he hadn't had family there to advocate for him he would have just wasted away in that bed with little attention and no recourse.

I know there are a lot of good people in the field and we have great technology etc but there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of access and quality of care. I don't know much about the cause of these problems but my inclination is that government involvement is probably at the root of a lot of it.
Maybe I've just had some good Dr's,,,,now the VA is another story,,,,
 
Maybe I've just had some good Dr's,,,,now the VA is another story,,,,
I know that there are plenty of real and really ugly stories about the VA, but the VA is not ALL bad. They treated my FIL for two years when he was in our care (dementia, Type2 diabetes, liver failure, heart disease, hearing loss) and I took him to every clinic visit, and participated in every conversation. I did all the scheduling. Every time, the people at the VA were polite, competent, ready for us, and on time. I did not ever encounter any of the long delays described by others. The facilities I took him to (clinic in St Marys, GA and area clinic in Jacksonville, FL) were clean, well staffed, and had modern equipment.

That is NOT me claiming the VA is good. I know better - I have seen the Dallas, TX VA hospital, and facilities elsewhere. My point is even the worst organizations (like the VA) can get it right occasionally!
 
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