Physicians sacrifice our youth to learn to care for the sick, the poor, the disabled and the elderly, until we reach a point where we ourselves are sick, poor, disabled and elderly. We are at least entitled to a little fun from time to time.

This blog is about how medicine has shaped who I am and the things I choose to do with my time, mind and body. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, usually introspective or escapist. It's not the critic that counts, but the woman in the arena.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Learning D3 – essential skills for the Javascript Programmer

Recently I’ve been experimenting with and trying to learn the D3.js library in order to create ziplines and develop some relative expertise at Free Code Camp. D3 stands for Data Driven Documents. As a former cartographer and information graphic artist in the 90s, discovering the possibilities with D3 for browser based interactive applications is like Geraldo Rivera discovering Al Capone’s…

Perspectives on Physical Therapy

I went to physical therapy today for an evaluation after my car accident. While I was there, I noticed a young, healthy, athletic looking woman who came in on crutches, with fresh surgical scars on her knees take…her first steps. “I can walk!” she said. I have no idea what her injury or surgery was, but the therapist was teaching…

The JavaScript Event loop for Emergency Physicians

If you’re a reader of my blog past or present you’ll know that I’ve long been interested in programming and am also an Emergency Medicine physician.  While studying javacript callback functions I was referred to this talk which explains them well, but it didn’t really “click” until I saw the visual “event loop” waiting for it’s opportunity to let the…

Converting a Javascript object to a readable JSON file

While working through the final challenges at FCC (Free Code Camp) I coded a live working Angular.js project alongside the hand-holding tutorials that are entirely done in side the browser. The tutorials at CodeSchool are excellent as they prompt you step by step through what initially seem like very complex tasks.  As a I worked through the tutorial and watched…

Split Decision

These days I divide my time between clinical and consulting work.   in my consulting job I work as a medical command physician for ambulances, helicopters and airlines needing advice and direction on all sorts of medical emergencies. For the past several months I have been fielding several calls a day regarding screening for *possible* Ebola patients wanting to board…

A Gift to Remember Me By

Last night at dinner, this girl, Virginia, said, I’ll see you tomorrow! It old her that I was leaving in the morning. She asked for a gift to remember her by. I told her I didn’t have much (which was true, I packed ultra light, and brought no gifts) she asked if I could give her my necklace (I said…

Extracting Riches from Time

In Houston waiting for the flight to Pittsburgh now 4 minutes late. Plane pulls up to the gate. Me: “oh good, the plan is here!” Everyone around me: ” grumble grumble late grumble grumble” Perspective people, perspective. You are all blessed with the freedom and income to travel. Unfortunately complaining and bad attitudes seem to be included. I have learned…