Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Not understanding, part infinity

Why do patients allow their children to be brats at the doctor's office? Today was the day for bratty kids; the front staff were at the point of wanting to explain parenting to people.

One woman had 4 kids with her in the exam room. The toddler had (stinkily) loaded up his drawers (and NO, she did not change him) and was running around opening drawers and cabinets. The older children interrupted me every time I was trying to get a question out. My head was pounding at the end of the day.

Now I remember why I didn't go into peds. :)

At least all of the newborns were being good (as well as being adorable creatures who needed kisses on their heads).

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sometimes, I just don't understand

So yesterday, we took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese as a reward for good behavior during the school year. We had fun, the kids had fun, this is what we had in mind. I learned that I suck at video racing.

But I don't understand other parents.

Exhibit A: allowing a young kid to wander alone (he looked to be about 2-3). Now, the place does have the security mark but still! Come on people! PARENT YOUR KIDS! Toddlers need to be supervised.

Exhibit B: 30 something mom. Wearing booty shorts that said "Saddle up"...over what looked like butt implants. I swear, her ass was triangular. Now, I am not a fashionista (Stacy and Clinton would have a good laugh at my wardrobe of mom jeans and t-shirts) but even I realize that particular outfit is just so....wrong.

Maybe I'm just getting old.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

40 weeks

Is a loooooooooooooooooong time to be pregnant! I can't believe that my mean OB won't induce me when I've shown up on L&D 4 times in the last 3 days. I mean, I am SOOOO uncomfortable - it's hot outside! You can't expect me to exist with this pressure too - it hurts to walk. And I'm having contractions every 20 minutes!!! And I get up to pee 3 times every night - I'm not sleeping well. Maybe if I refuse to leave L&D after the 4th time, I'll get induced.

Hmm, cussing out the nurse makes me feel better. And perhaps threatening to go to a different practice after delivery will make them jump and do my bidding! Naw, let's just pitch such a huge fit that security is called.

gah. Some people just shouldn't breed. But I do so hope she makes good on her threat to leave the practice. ;)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Constant learning

So I'm filling out my infectious disease report for last month. I had a post-op infection in a patient, cultures grew out a bug I had never heard of before! Staph Lugdenens. (I think that is how it's spelled, I'm at home)

So I did some research...discovered in 1988 and most commonly found in inguinal (hmmmm) sites as a carriage bug. Fortunately, antibiotic resistance is low. Frequently confused with S. Aureus.

And the patient is doing fine after antibiotics.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


DH is changing my half-full wine glass to an all full one. ;)

But what I was really going to post about is outlook. Deborah Peel would have you think that bitching and moaning on a blog is unprofessional. Doctors shouldn't feel that way about their patients.


Anyone who deals with the public on a regular basis needs an outlet. There are a lot of nutty people out there, and we see them on a daily basis. You know, my sister bitched about customers when she waitressed, I grew to loathe some clients when I was a secretary, teachers I know whine about their students. Sartre was right when he proclaimed that hell is other people.

But we wouldn't be doctoring without a love of what we do. And there are lots of patients whom I absolutely adore. You just don't need a release when you deal with those folks. Fortunately, these folks are the silent majority of patients.

But bitching is fun. ;)