The Decisions You Make

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI

I continue to watch the battle our nation is fighting in trying to deal with this pandemic. I do not know if I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, but I remain optimistic. In preparation for the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, I was mesmerized by watching a special on ESPN about our nation’s battle with Saddam Hussein in January of 1991.  The National Football League decided to conduct the Super Bowl that winter even though the operations of Desert Storm were being kicked off earlier that week.  The nation braced itself for the ramifications of war and hoped (and prayed) for the best.  But the game was preceded by a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sung by a young Whitney Houston.  As I watched commentators reflect on her performance that day with tears in their eyes, it led me to reflect on some of the decisions that I have made in my life.  I couldn’t view that Super Bowl or that dynamic performance sung by Ms. Houston as I was situated somewhere in the desert of Saudi Arabia at a hospital named King Khalid Military Center.  I had volunteered out of my European Dentac to deploy as a fifteen dentist HA team to support our efforts in liberating Kuwait.  I knew my country was trying to keep things as normal as possible during this tumultuous time and playing the football game would help them to cope with the other great events that were happening halfway across the world.  The fact that this young African-American singer would stir our emotions so greatly has now attracted my attention as I reflect on how America is dealing with this current crisis.

I reflect on so many issues that affect our nation; vaccinations, the economy, the new administration, the impeachment trial, virtual learning, as well as the health and safety of our loved ones.  Our practice recently lost one of our dear patients and now her husband has contracted the Covid virus and is in dire trouble.  But as I watched the Super Bowl, I took solace in the fact that this is a great nation built by all of us pulling on a rope in the same direction.  As Americans, we celebrate this month by honoring Black history, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Children’s Dental Health Month.  A chance to take stock in all the decisions that we have made that have led us up to this situation we are in right now.

I make critical decisions about your health each and every day as well as decisions concerning the direction the practice will take in navigating this health crisis.  My confidence in the future of this nation and the future of this practice is anchored in reflecting on what we did back in January of 1991.  We dealt well with it then, and we, as a nation, will get back to being the world leader by the decisions we make each day.  Let us pray for guidance that those decisions will be wise, proper and His will.