What I should have been doing was to be grateful for medical services, free at the point of need, that were successfully providing the expert medical intervention our friend needed. There is a lot wrong with the UK's National Health Service. I don't believe the changes proposed in the government's Health and Social Care Bill 2011 will make things better. But - the availability of medical care here is still a blessing that some people in the world can only dream about.
The focus today in Christian Aid's 'Count Your Blessings' Lent calendar is Burundi. After years of conflict this African country is one of the poorest in the world. Life expectancy is 48.9 years.
In Burundi there is less than 1 doctor for every 20,00 people.
In Britain there are 42 doctors for every 20,000 people.
Christian Aid suggests you give 10p for every doctor at your local surgery.
There are 6 doctors at mine, so that's 60p.