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RSS Feed?

RSS feed now available using RSSify at Wytheville community college. I’ll add this link when I’m convinced it’s reliable. Powered by RSSify at WCC It’s a 3rd party hack to turn your blog feed into RSS. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry about it. But using this technology, you can scan [...]


AMA stands for “Against Medical Advice”. Patients are labeled as having left AMA if they leave, well…against your advice. Our hospital does not have a formal AMA discharge sheet because they feel it sets up an adversarial relationship between doctor and patient. I usually try very hard not to use those words on dictations, but [...]

Double woohoo!

Today was a double woohoo day! First woohoo: My first scene call on the helicopter (finally!). It was a Motor vehicle crash (not accident) south of here. THe patient we took flipped his car over while turning left into a driveway to drop off a check. I got out of the helicopter, walked to the [...]

Absorbant and pourous and yellow is he…

My friend Jim, that is. Congratulations for correctly naming the author of the title of one of my prevous posts, Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenter. J.D. Salinger is the answer, of course. Who can name the character described by my last 2 titles? Leave a comment. Here’s how. Click in the grey stripe below [...]

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

I almost killed a nun today. She wasn’t feeling well, but couldn’t describe what was wrong. So I generically lumped into the “weak and dizzies” category. A typical “weak and dizzy” workup includes an EKG, a chest x-ray, and some basic blood work…usually you come up with a big fat nothing and send the patient [...]


I can’t help it, I’m addicted to posting. Obel has some links about PDAs in healthcare. Yesterday, I had my first notable success in reducing drug interactions with the help of Epocrates on my new Sony Clie PDA. A patient on coumadin came to the ED with a bruise extending from his hip to his [...]

Call me Sherlock Holmes?

Dammit. If I could really swear a lot right now, I would, but sometimes my grandmother reads this, and I don’t want her to think I go around swearing all the time. I just type a nice long post with two great stories that are LOST due to the lightening storm going on outside. Well, [...]

Another rainy day off!

Ugh. Tomorrow I have a day off, and it’s raining cats and dogs right now. The rocks will be slimy and wet and the mosquitoes will be attacking in swarms. Oh what to do on a rainy day? I am swimming in a triathalon in less than 2 weeks, 1.5 kilometers, the “metric mile”. I [...]

Fly buddies

Last night, I had a patient that the nurses warned me was a crotchety old man. Watch out, he might flash you, the attending warned me before going in. His family had brought him in for chest pain that they thought was related to his heart. He insisted that it wasn’t, and informed me that [...]