Happy New Year’s Eve

This year, I’ve found New Year’s much more stressful than Christmas. Maybe that’s because I had absolutely no time to prepare for Christmans, but have had the past 5 days off trying to cram everything left on my 2003 list into the remainder of the year. TV shows promise to run highlight shows of the past year, rubbing in the fact that I’ve had no time to watch TV or listen to new music. I wish they wouldn’t remind me. First Night celebration tonight promises to be crowded and hectic as my friends and I try to cram in city entertainment with about 30,000 of our closest friends. (Actually, I have no idea how many people are expected, but it’s a lot.

I work one shift in the Emergency Room on the 2nd of January, then I have another 8 days off for a conference of the National Emergency Medical Services Physicians in Tucson, Arizona.

So interesting blogging stories will have to wait a bit before Mr. Hassle resumes it’s adventures in 2004. In the meantime, have a great new year!

New Math vs. Old Math

Complete the following equations (while both answers are the same, the first equation seems to be emotionaly labile, while the second has proven to be hall of fame material):

21st century math:

8 + 86 = ?

1970s version:

12 + 88 = ?

UPDATE: Ok, no takers as of 7pm Monday night. I’ll help you out, the answer is 6. You just have to tell me what the operands stand for…perhaps watching Monday Night Football will ‘enhance’ your creative thoughts?

Just random stuff

I’m starting to get my energy back. Although I didn’t send off any of my own nasal washings, based on my energy level alone, I’d say there’s a good chance I had the flu and not a cold. I could have had the strain not covered with this year’s shot, or my shot may have been too recent to give me any immunity (which is why you should get it in november). In any case, there are still multiple flu strains floating around in any given year, which means that you can get it twice in one year!

I apologize for the dearth of exciting medical posts lately. When I started this blog during my last ICU rotation in June, I promised myself that every post would be involve some sort of interesting doctor/patient relationship issue (whether the patient was unconscious, intubated or dead didn’t matter). But as you can see, when the excitement dies down, the work gets repetative, or the workload becomes light, the interesting stuff is less frequent.

Nevertheless, I blog about what is on my mind. In a resident’s life, time for non-medical chaff is invaluable. So while I apologize for the lack of recent heart-wrenching stories like “Out of Mind” or “Raise High the Roof Beams Carpenters”, I relish the time I have for other pursuits.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the chaff of my daily existence…

I implemented PHP based emailing at my birding website, Herodias.org. You can now get a new password via email, and new members will get a welcome email.

I picked up about 2 tons of snotty, used, moisturizing facial tissues off the floor from the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room. I can finally walk more than two feet without feeling faint. Aren’t you glad I share this stuff?

I spent $70 yesterday at teh grocery store on fluids…cranberry juice, orange juice boxes, bottled tea, mint chocolate chip ice cream, raspberry sorbet, and saline nasal spray, popcicles and fudgecicles.

Despite my illness of three weeks, well chronicled in this blog, I did manage to get done several very important things: I registered for US medical liscensing exam step 3, required for state liscensing; I transferred $$$ from savings into Roth IRA, I deferred my student loans for another year (I don’t understand why I can’t defer them until the end of residency, so I’ll have to do it again next year); and I made reservations to visit my nephew for his 2nd birthday. Quack, quack!

There you have it. Unbelievably, I have another day off tomorrow, and I might have enough energy to get off the couch and clean some dishes, do some laundry, change the kitty litter and refill the bird feeders. Someday I have to find time to study for my in service exam in February.