Thursday, November 26, 2009

Macy's Parade and Football

Watching the Macy's parade. I can't believe it is actually ending this early. Growing p it seemed like it went on all day, and as far back as I can remember I HATED it! it was so boring and my mom always made us watch it, or at least have it on. I always wanted to watch cartoons, or, later on, the lions play football. I have to admit I had a little thing for the lions there for a time. Not sure why. I hate detroit, and every other sports team from michigan. I guess because they always played on thanksgiving, and I always enjoyed watching football on that day, and they were the underdogs. I realize now that they will never improve. In fact, I don't really care for the NFL at all. Maybe because we don't really have a team here in arkansas. Anyway, it seems that the NFL is a rather blue-collar sport. The league came into bieng in the days when all the majority of the country had never been to college and worked in factories and couldn't feel an attachment to a college team, so they followed the city team instead. Today, the majority of americans have been to college, and it is also much more accepted to follow a team even if you didn't go to college there. So, why do we need the NFL? The drama associated with it seems to be the only thing people follow now anyway. After the long, unintended digression, I will say that I do enjoy the parade now, and I watched the whole thing, and now I'm watching the dog show.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Freda is an interesting name. I tend to have a lot of patients with that name. Who would name a girl freda now? Nobody right? It was in the 200's until 1942. didn't drop out of top 1000 until 1975.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych should be required reading for all who wish to go into medicine in any form. For that matter it should be required reading for all of humanity. No one who reads it carefully will ever be quite the same inside again. Try it out. ........ Saw somebody pass out in person for the first time ever the other night. I was putting in a femoral line during a near code, and a pharmacy student just kind of drifted backwards, like in slow motion as soon as I got a flash of blood. Crazy! Luckily all the spectators caught her.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


One of many large decubs on a man whos wife and daughter allowed him to lay in his own feces for weeks. Seasoned ED nurses vomited, some say for the first time in career.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Go Razorbacks

Well, I didnt make the game, but those damn trojans went down hard, and Mallett and the whole team were amazing! Now we get to see the razorbacks back in Little Rock, and They truly are hitting a stride.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

This is too much!

I don't mind working my ass off in the ICU for weeks, but when I am forced into call on Saturday night when the Hogs are at home, after I have already worked 14 out of the last 15 is too much! My dad and brother were both going to the game with me, and it was going to be awesome! Sure, we are just playing Troy, but I really dislike Troy. I typically have a ton of respect for strong mid - major schools, and I hate the BCS and think everyone should be on a more level field (playoff), but those Bastards from Troy, I don't care for. I think it is just because I have known some people from the town that I didn't care for. When I think of it, I don't remember ever meeting anyone from Alabama that I liked.

Friday, November 13, 2009

In "The House of God", Shem tells of the "Rose Room". This is the room where all the old gomeres name Rose are housed. They sometimes die, only to be replaced by another rose. When Shem was writing, in the late 70's, a large percent of the elderly women were named Rose. When you look back at the social security administration list of names, the years 1895 - 1900 ten rose was solidly in the top 20 most popular women's names. These women would have been becoming "gomeres" in the time that "The House of God" is set. I reflect on this because I had three elderly women named Opal in one day. I had an Opal ward. Opal came into the top 100 in 1905. It stayed near there through 1922. Between 22 and 35, doris was top 10. I see a lot of Dorises. Barbara is another. It was top 10 from 27 through 59. We will see a lot of gomeres named barbara for years to come. I will add to these "new" gomere names as new ones occur to me.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Rotating in the ICU and, like roy basch, it is about to become the breaking point for me. Our patients die every day. From the 47 year old breast cancer, to the 34 yr old lung cancer patient, yes 34. The asphyxiated elderly man who layed two weeks brain dead because the family was too guilty to pull the plug, they all die. It is one big swarm of death. The only thing I haven't seen kill anybody yet in our ICU is the swine flu. Cade is taking it the hardest. I think he really thinks ghosts are following him around the hospital. He talks about them all the time. which ones might be present, and why. In the elevator he tries to decide if all the people he has killled can fit in there with him. He says they follow him down the halls at night, and bang on the door of his call room. He sees glimpses of them from the corners of his eyes. He is crazy. But......I would be scared too if I had stolen the big screen from the hospice house!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Working like 120 weeks, so not much time to post, but gathering tons of material.