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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

Staple remover

Treatment Denied

“I’d like to have someone take out these staples,” said the well-dressed woman who came to the registration window. “OK,” said the registration clerk, “we’ll get you registered and we’ll get you right back to a room.” “Perhaps you didn’t understand,” the woman stated as her voice went up a few decibels, “I want someone to take these staples out now and I’m not going to register to have it done.” The registration desk is on the other side of ...

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Surprise Angel

Blown Away

By Birdstrike MD I was a work today and I was given this message, “ —–‘s husband called and wants you to call back right away!  He sounded very upset.  His wife died.” Uh-oh, I thought to myself, this is never good.  It was a patient I remembered well, that I had seen repeatedly for a chronic problem, and who always came with her husband.  We seemed to get along well.  I didn’t recall any conflict, unpleasant interactions or any ...

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Strangest Complaint of the Night

A patient came in with the following chief complaint: The FBI told me to come in for evaluation The patient’s wife followed behind him, telling the nurse that the patient had “lost it.” OK. Paranoid delusions about the FBI calling him. No problem. “No,” the wife stated, “the FBI really did tell him to come in for evaluation. I talked to the agent.” It seems that Barack Obama was projecting visions of himself into the patient’s brain and was able ...

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The Drowning

By Birdstrike MD   “You want them to see you, like they see any other girl” -Against Me!   I head to work at my new locums job on the California coast. Summer 2015 is going to be a great one, I think to myself. I make the turn into the hospital parking lot and a rusty old Trans Am cuts me off. I slam on the brakes to the soundtrack of screeching tires. Geez, I think to myself. It’s ...

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