The Miracle of Modern Technology

SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library. You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

When I was a child and dreamed about the future, the only reference I had to go on about what society would be like was the movie Back to the Future II. Well now that it is 2017, I am seeing that we are so very far away from the possibility of interacting regularly with holograms or having flying cars. However there are some parts of the movie that are not completely inaccurate. We do have lights that can be voice command programmed and hover boards.  Every day we use technology to keep our lives moving forward. There isn’t a moment that you don’t see someone with a cell phone or tablet. Modern technology is engrained in the fabric of our every movement in life. Sometimes I wonder how we ever got by without it all.
The most important advances in technology have been in modern medicine. We have advanced medically from a culture who did know anything about the use of soap and hot water to prevent bacterial infection, to one that in recent years can use bionic limbs to help those who lost a limb. With the medical advancements we have made even in the last ten years so many more people are being helped on a daily basis.
As I prepare for a surgical procedure next month, I am finding that there is a lot of new medical technology that will be very helpful. As I go through the various hoops to be cleared for surgery I was required to see one more doctor, a pulmonary specialist. I suffer from asthma, and they wanted to make sure that there would be no complications with my breathing while under anesthesia. One of the tests that they required me to participate in was a sleep study to determine if I had sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition which causes the body not to receive enough oxygen during the sleep process, therefore depriving you of reaching a deep enough sleep to allow your body to rest and heal.
In earlier years the sleep apnea study was performed in a lab environment where the lab technicians could monitor your every sleep habit. Today the technology previously only accessible in a lab environment has now been condensed into a tiny monitor that you can take home and strap to your chest while you sleep. You can then sleep in the comfort of your own bed. After two nights of testing you then take the monitor back to the office and they read your results to determine whether you have sleep apnea or not.
I am further amazed every day at the innovations that our world can come up with to help mankind.  Who knows where we will be in even another ten years. I suppose I will have to look to the Star Trek series and imagine the possibilities.

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