Kids say the darndest things
This came off my friend’s Fb wall:
I had a 15-yo boy coming in with sinusitis today. I asked him if he’s on any meds and he said “Cialis” with total confidence. By accident my jaw dropped and i did a double take and his mom literally dropped to the ground on her knees. She started howling in laughter, saying “you mean Aerius?!” She and i had a good laugh for about 3 min straight and that was the best part of my day lol.
I guess that’s one of the pluses of working in Peds.
Keeping it in the family
One of the emerg docs got back from vacation today. He apparently went up to his cottage in the bluffs.
He ended up describing how much fun his two teenage sons are having with discovering downhill mountain biking.
One quick nurse chimed in, “So is this some plan for them to appreciate your line of work more?”
Just a thought
Was watching some actual TV (like on cable) in what seems to be forever. Was on an American channel. Got to a drug commercial.
Wow I had not remembered how targeted and long and potentially deceiving these pieces were.
You’d think that the Pharma companies would consider that if they needed to purchase EXTRA advertising time just to fit in all the side effects that maaaaaaaybe the drug isn’t ready yet for the public.
I guess not. Profits.
Was in an OR where we were doing an osteotomy. The resident was swinging away with the mallet on the osteotome but not much progress was made.
Exasperated, the attending exclaimed. “You got to swing on that hammer like Thor would, how else are you going to built those arms.”
I didn’t ask to specify whether he was a) a Norse mythology fan or b) a Marvel comic fan. Either way, I could dig it.
Bet you can see where this is going
The other day we had a consult for Gyne service from the Emerg.
So naturally the medical student goes first.
Apparently the chief complaint was some sort of discharge from her vagina, which only started recently.
I asked if there was pain, blood, odor, and was getting nothing on that.
Trying from a new angle, I asked if there was anything new that she was doing around that time.
Turns out she started having unprotected sex with her boyfriend and the discharge only happens afterwards.
Was at the gym with a friend who is now a first year resident. We’re in the middle of our work out when he notices someone else come in.
He turns to me, “That’s a friend who’s a Orthopaedics R1”
He goes up to him, “hey Joe (not real name), aren’t you on call?”
"Yah but I checked the board, there is nothing for another half hour at least and nothing on the ER intake is for Ortho. I can squeeze a quick work out in."
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, the gym is a block from the hospital and well, it’s Ortho.
O Captain my captain
If you’re like me and currently going through medical school, chances are you were a child of the 80s/90s. Which meant watching a lot of Robin Williams growing up. It’s not often I give pause regarding celebrity deaths, but his made me sad.
It’s sad to think that Robin Williams’ issues got the better of him. He was Genie, Keating, Peter Pan, Alan Parrish, Sean Maguire, and Patch Adams…to name a very few.
He made me laugh, he made me cry, he made me marvel at his shear amount of talent, such as his monologue of flatulence while depicting a colonoscopy on his Live on Broadway show.
And now he makes me think. Hard. On the issue of mental health. Again. Even behind the brightest of smiles and infectious of laughs can hide turmoil. Like the old joke ends…”But Doctor, I am Pagliacci!”
Mental illness is something silent, something scary, and something hard to understand. I think it’s hard to convey as well. Rarely does it enter the discussion until a big death like this and rarely does focus stick. I don’t think we want to think about things we can’t understand easily, so we end up making the whole issue taboo and then things just fade from attention. People who are truly suffering often suffer silently and alone. I can’t say anything at all of Robin Williams’ mental state, but if he was suffering silently, then others can be too.
Of course this blog is about medical school and mental well-being, depression, and burn out are all such real issues. We all know it. Yet again the unease and taboo creeps up and the walls come up.
I guess if there’s any lesson that can be gleaned from is the crushing nature of depression, substance abuse, and destitute nature of mental illness. I aim to remember this great icon in the characters that he breathed life into.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Anonymous said: How hard is chemistry in your opinion
Hard. It was the Bane of my undergrad experience.
Especially Analytical chem.