I’m not endorsing the candidate, just the ad.
Steve Martin is terrific.
Ramblings of an Emergency Physician in Texas
Entertaining and medical!
I’d love to shield the identify of the patient in this story. But I can’t, and you’ll understand why in a minute. It’s not that I’m worried about a HIPAA violation or a law suit. After all, the patient was my mother-in-law. She and my father-in-law – Pop Pop – have moved in with us . . . so they aren’t going to sue anybody. And while I hesitate to embarrass my soft-spoken “Mom Mom” with the details of this tale, I have to tell this story straight. Here goes.
Sounds like something we need to try earlier.
FORT WORTH CBSDFW.COM – With hundreds of human cases of the West Nile Virus being reported across Texas and more than a dozen related deaths in North Texas it seems some people are overreacting and calling 911 when they’re bitten by a mosquito.In short, health officials say a mosquito is not a health emergency.“We understand peoples concerns regarding the West Nile Virus, but in the absence of any symptoms of West Nile then a simple mosquito bite is really not a reason for someone to call 911,” said Matt Zavadsky, public affairs director for MedStar Emergency Medical Services.One woman called Fort Worth 911 requesting assistance because her young nephew had a bump on his arm.
We’re seeing some of this in the ED, people with bug bites coming straight in ‘to get checked out’.
Statisticians love balls and urns. A typical Stats 101 midterm, for example, usually includes a question along these lines:
Go and learn why the ‘margin of error’ for political polls is meaningless…
Jamaican sprinter and four-time Olympic gold medalist Usain St. Leo Bolt is one classy guy.
Go, watch, enjoy. Classy dude.
In the latest attempt to regulate what many say is an out-of-control proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, the City Counted voted 14-0 Tuesday to ban pot shops.
Under the ban, each of the 762 dispensaries that have registered with the city will be sent a letter ordering them to shut down immediately. Those that don’t comply may face legal action from the city.
Two somewhat disparate thoughts:
London, July 30(ANI): North Korean Olympian Om Yun Chol joined an elite list of weightlifters to have lifted three times their weight during the men’s 56-kg, group B, clean and jerk weightlifting competition at the London Olympics, and he has credited his world-record feat to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
“How can any man possibly lift 168kg? I believe the great Kim Jong Il looked over me,” CBS quoted Om, as saying.
Smart guy. Were I going back to North Korea, I’d say the same thing. (I wouldn’t I’m not that smart, but I wasn’t raised in his horrific environment).
You Didn’t Build That
Readings from the Book of Barack
1 In the beginning Govt created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the economy was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the ATMs, and the Spirit of Govt was hovering over the land.
I try not to be non-medically political here, but this is inspired.
This reminds me of my experience with the Ottawa Ankle Rules in the Navy.
USMC Infantry is designed to generate ankle sprains, and recurrent ones. Initial sprains as young athletic hard chargers are required to carry big loads over unimproved terrain in the dark, plus seemingly all the time not in direct training was spent running.
The larger problem, and one I was educated on by a fellow BN Surgeon (who was a physical therapist prior to med school) while in Okinawa is that there’s no ankle rehab after a sprain. As soon as you can run on it you do, despite having torn stabilizing ligaments and not having done the training and exercises to get the ankles’ accessory stabilizers up to speed. Then, another sprain. The story of how our medical department got this fixed later.
Sick Call was musculoskeletal city with daily ankle sprains, which by that time in the Marines were usually recurrent. About a year into my assignment, out came the Ottawa Ankle Rules. After a year of negative x-rays, finally, a clinical tool to cut down on useless imaging! I used it in practice, taught it to the Corpsmen (who also found it usable and liked it) and our x-ray utilization dropped hugely and AFAIK we didn’t miss any significant fractures. I was proud.
I was moonlighting (for free, I was that bored) in the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital ED, and mentioned my new practice and how I was proud to have made an impact.
The response: Please stop doing that. Now when they get off duty they drive down here to get an x-ray”.
Humbled, we backed off a little, but not much.
My response to the above tweet (which I now think I recall as being an @nickgenes original) was “Canadians get exams, Americans get x-rays”, which sums it up nicely.
I’ve watched the movie Red more times than I’m comfortable admitting. I hadn’t read the iTunes description before today, though, and had to laugh:
When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black- ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive.
Whoever wrote this hadn’t seen the film. The protagonist is just putting in time in forced retirement, and was not flourishing. To put it mildly.
The IMDB description, by the way:
When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.
Now I see the problem…
There is an “I” in team…
I knew I wasn’t drinking it for the taste:
Coffee buzz: Java drinkers live longer, big study finds; regular and decaf are equally goodBy Associated Press, Published: May 16MILWAUKEE — One of life’s simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn’t matter.The study of 400,000 people is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it’s a guilty pleasure that may do harm.“Our study suggests that’s really not the case,” said lead researcher Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute. “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking.”
Now, how long until I can take it off on my taxes…
Frankly, I’d wee on Superman’s Cape before I stole a Troopers’ car:
CISCO — A 40-year-old Fort Worth man was in the Eastland County jail Thursday, accused of briefly stealing a state troopers patrol car. The car was wrecked after officers shot the tires, authorities reported.
This won’t end well.