Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Shout Outs

Gina (@geeners), Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse, is this week’s host of Grand Rounds. You can read this week’s twitter edition here.



How’d we get to Volume 8 already?! I think hosting this Grand Rounds finally ties me up with GruntDoc, who has hosted 7 times. Grand Rounds is the weekly round-up of blog posts by medical bloggers.


Whereas in the past the host would post nearly every link they received, it appears that we are now moving towards more curated content. I said in my previous post that I wasn’t going to institute a theme, but I was definitely more drawn to the personal-story type posts. Thanks to everyone that submitted! ……..


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Dr Rob is finally back blogging! His recent Musings Post explains: Plugging Back In.



This post is to announce two things:



  1. I am back blogging again.

  2. I am not blogging on this blog. I have a new blog called More Musings (of a Distractible Kind).

I also have a new project, Llamaricks, which is a blog that will hopefully draw audience participation. It’s a place for poetry; poetry by me and poetry submitted by my readers (assuming I have any). Hopefully there are people talented and/or shameless enough to submit their prose to me on that site.


OK, so I am already being untruthful. I really had three announcements. ……..


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There’s a nice discussion going on over at doc2doc: Poll: Should doctors self prescribe? Various opinions. Here are a few:



Probably antibiotics for infections would be ok, and something like Voltaren for artritis, or celebrex, but no controlled substances, this is where the water gets muddied.


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Doctors should not self prescribe nor under any obligation prescribe any medication for a family member or friend without their own "clinical consent" in regard to the medical condition in question.


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Generally doctors should not prescribe for themselves and any narcotic prescribing for self or family is a definite No. There is a saying that 'the doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient' ….


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Then there’s this via @skepticscalpel: “Why internists shouldn’t operate MT @hhask @writeo After-hours surgery resulted in woman's death http://bit.ly/AA2DHL


The link is to an article in The Oregonian by Nick Budnick: Oregon Medical Board sheds light on cosmetic surgery by Northeast Portland doctor that led to woman's death



For botching an after-hours cosmetic surgery that caused her friend's death, a Northeast Portland physician faces administrative charges and could lose her license.
Soraya Abbassian committed "gross or repeated" negligence while performing the Dec. 15, 2010 surgery, including administering what an autopsy found to be a fatal overdose of local anesthesia, according to a disciplinary complaint issued by the Oregon Medical Board on Thursday. ……….


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H/T to @scanman for the link to this letter written by John Steinbeck to his eldest son, Thom: Nothing good gets away



In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.


Steinbeck replied the same day. His beautiful letter of advice can be enjoyed below. …..


Dear Thom:
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.


First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.…………..


And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.


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Jordan Grumet Interviews Himself on his blog In My Humble Opinion (twitter handle @jordangrumet)



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Q: Taken as a whole, what is your blog about? What are the major themes?
A: If you asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said that my blog is a love letter to my patients. As I grow wiser, I realize that it is more accurately a love letter to my father.


When my father (a prominent oncologist) died, I was seven years old. As silly as it sounds, I spent a great deal of my childhood and young adult years trying to forgive myself for his death. Even though I knew I wasn't responsible for his aneurysm, I struggled with issues of being worthy of love.


As I read my own writing, I'm struck by the parallels. I fight to be protect my patients and lead them through the dying process, much in the way I wish I could have done for my father. …………


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Via Jackie-ES blog post: Join Patternfish and HeartStrings in Supporting WomenHeart (photo credit). I purchased the pattern, now to finish the projects I have started so I can knit this beautiful scarf.



Patternfish also launched a monthly charitable support initiative starting this month where the Designer of the Month picks a favorite charity and to which Patternfish will make a contribution. And I am the first to help kick off this initiative by choosing WomenHeart, the lifeblood organization devoted to improving the quality of life and the healthcare of women living with heart disease.



Patternfish will be donating $1.00 for each Thinking of You Scarf pattern sold during January to WomenHeart and I will match that dollar for dollar.

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