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Healthcare Update — 03-07-2016

“VA suicide hotline. Your call is very important to us. Please leave a message after the beep.”  Data provided to USA Today shows that up to 1 in 5 calls to a VA suicide crisis hotline was dropped or sent to voice mail. One veteran from Illinois allegedly killed himself by laying on train tracks after being unable to reach someone on the hotline. Want to get the munchies? Pull an all-nighter. Study shows that those with “restricted sleep” (4.5 ...

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Dear Diary 2

Dear Diary #21

So, diary, it’s been almost a month since my last post. I keep writing things down to post about, then when I make time to actually sit down and write the posts, something comes up – almost without fail. I’ve had five days off of work and today – the night before a string of shifts – I finally have a little time while the family is out doing errands. This whole 2016 year has been quite trying. I already ...

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Angry Man

That Hesitation When …

… a patient’s family member comes up to you and asks “Hey. You’re Dr. WhiteCoat, aren’t you? Didn’t you work at University Medical Center like 6 or 7 years ago?” You casually look to see if there are any weapons in his hand and, seeing none, you cautiously say “Yeah.” Then the family member says “I thought that was you. Yeah. You’re a good doctor. You saved my father’s life. He talked about you up until he died a couple ...

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Patient Encounters

Just Doing My Job

It happened twice this week and I’m already sick of it. The first time it happened, I was attempting to put staples in the head of a young little boy. I had numbed up the area and we were going to restrain him because he wouldn’t sit still on the cart. He was kicking staff, shaking his head, and screaming. The father refused to allow us to put the child in a “papoose board.” Instead, he stated that he would ...

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Entomology Clinic

Two different patients came in with strange “bug” complaints. The frustrating thing for doctors is that the patients with “bug bite” complaints are absolutely convinced that the bugs are present and are causing all kind of physical maladies. Many times they are not. The frustrating thing for the patient is that the doctors are sometimes … well … skeptical of the complaints. The first patient had small scabs on her arms and lower legs – typical of neurotic excoriations. There ...

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Chid Statue

Angry Betty and the Unresponsive Kid

The nervous voice on the call over the radio already sounded bad. “Emergency One en route to Interstate 88, mile marker 177 for report of car on side of road with parent witnessed performing CPR on child.” CPR on a kid? Damn. Kids aren’t supposed to need CPR. There was an eerie silence at the nurse’s station as everyone waited for the next radio report. Finally it came. “Metro General, this is Emergency One. Do you copy?”You never think much ...

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There was a lull in the patients at 2:15 AM. Conversation turned from splinting and IV drips to baby names and childrearing as two of our nurses are currently pregnant. The aroma of freshly-brewed coffee filled the air. Then the next patient registered. A girl in her early 20s. She sheepishly came up to the registration window and said “there’s something crawling inside of me.” Yes, we thought it, too. “OK, ma’am. When was your last menstrual period?” “I think it may ...

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