Archives for October 31, 2009

Bumped: Project Valour-IT Today through November 11th

Victory! Team Marine got to the Goal first! (But keep giving…) 11/10/09 @ 1524

Bumped to the top.  Still a good idea.

Give Here.  Pick any team

(but I’m on the Marine team…)

Here’s a worthy project, supporting wounded troops with technology to help their recovery.  Soldiers’ Angels has been running this for at least the past 3 years (and somehow I didn’t participate last year, for which I am duly ashamed).

Please read about what they do, and how you can contribute.

Soldiers'_Angels Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries.  Technology supplied includes:

  • Voice-controlled Laptops – Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.
  • Wii Video Game Systems – Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).
  • Personal GPS – Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

I joined the Marine Team.  Yeah, my Uniform said US Navy, but 4/5 of my AD time was with the grunts, and that’s where my interests lie.

Should you want to participate, there are other services represented, and you can join any team here.

And give to whichever team you wish, jut give.

Tulane surgeon stabbed to death in French Quarter home that was set fire

By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune

October 31, 2009, 4:50PM

 http://www.nola.comA Tulane University plastic surgeon — known for healing the disfigured limbs and facial features of trauma victims and skin cancer patients with his scalpel — was knifed to death inside of his French Quarter home early Saturday.

      An arsonist then lit his home on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy any clues leading to his killer, according to authorities.

Dr. Ralph Edward Newsome Jr.,  45, died after being stabbed to death multiple times inside his three-story town house in the 900 block of Toulouse Street about 3 a.m. His body had no burns, and he had not inhaled any smoke, meaning someone set fire to the home after he was stabbed, New Orleans coroner’s chief investigator John Gagliano said.

Holy cow.  Condolences to his family.

CNN Political Ticker: Senate confirms Benjamin as surgeon general

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – Senate confirms Benjamin as surgeon general « – Blogs from
Posted: October 30th, 2009 10:13 AM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate has formally confirmed Dr. Regina Benjamin to be the U.S. surgeon general, making her only the third African American to hold the position as the nation’s top doctor.

Congrats to Dr. Benjamin.  Time to order some uniforms…

Tim Schickedanz Day

It’s October 31st, 2009, and it’s officially Tim Schickedanz Day in Saginaw, TX.  Well deserved, unfortunately it’s Posthumous. Tim S day

I was fortunate enough to know Tim for about eight years, as a nurse in our ED.  Hard working, friendly, funny and competent, we were nearly instant work-friends due to our military backgrounds.

We weren’t really close, and that’s my loss.  A really terrific guy, with a loving wife and four kids.

TimSAgain proving the ED cynicism, such a good person with a job and a loving family and a lot of friends died quickly when he fell ill.  He’s missed, by all of us.

There’s a Facebook page for him (Friends of Tim Schickedanz). 

Terrific people touch our lives daily, and you don’t notice until they’re gone.  I’ll try to do better.