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…

Lights, Stethoscope, Action!

Safely arrived in Honduras, met our transportation to the village, saw many old friends already, it almost feels like home. The Sun is setting, the breeze is cool, the kids at everywhere, the meal was great, the parrots are chirping and the strangest thing is there are lights coming on in the village. 2 years ago there was no electricity…

Getting Oauth2 to work with Python on a Mac

I am ataking a coursera course in Data Science and having trouble getting the prelim check for the first assignment to run without errors.  Here are the details  any help is appreciated! Using Mac OS 10.8.5 Which Python returns: /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python Running the first assignment script after updating teh API calls results in this: $ python twitterstream.py > output.txt Traceback (most…

Hanging up the Stethescope

Well, it’s been a long time in coming, but I feel that it’s time to share it with all of you.  Doc Shazam is hanging up the stethescope.  I’ve had it, I’m through. The healthcare field sickens me both literally and figuratively.  I’ve gained weight, can’t sleep, suffer from migraines, have chronic shift worker’s disease, chronic sleep deprivation, and am…

Reviving Sourdough

Thought I’d try to revive this blog the same way I’m reviving my sourdough starter…by cultivating the good and allowing that growth to eliminate the bad.  This blog used to be about my discoveries & fun encounters with a variety of things…birding, biking, learning medicine, etc.  Then it became a rant against the current status of american health care &…