If you are a regular reader, you may have noticed a drop in the frequency of posts at this blog. There is a good reason for that. Several weeks ago I announced a blog hiatus, which I honored more in the breach, the reason for which was a major career conundrum. I had been spending about half my time directly treating patients, and the other few halves teaching and supervising resident physicians. Then, a friend called—a local internist had decided to move away (something that young, educated Michiganders do quite a bit of) and the group was looking for a full-time doc to take over his patients.
Decisions about such big changes take a lot of time and energy, and writing isn’t how I make my living. Still, I do love it, and though my posts will be less frequent, I’m not planning on quitting.
So, I moved to the new digs. I joined up with a small group of very busy, very talented internists in an awesome location. And our office has a window. I like that part a lot. From the first day, I’ve been very, very busy, and I’ve learned a few things about myself (or re-learned, perhaps). My handwriting is not wonderful, and being busier doesn’t seem to improve it. This weekend I’m going handheld voice recorder shopping. I have to get one that uses actual magnetic tape, but in return I will have beautifully typed (and consistently legible) notes.
Oh, and did you hear about Mississippi governor Haley Barbour’s foray into transplant medicine? As many of you know, transplanting a solid organ, say, a kidney, is not like changing a spark plug. You can’t just grab one and plug it into someone else. For a kidney transplant to work, all sorts of fancy medical stuff has to happen. Not only that, but there are one or two ethical issues involved in solid organ transplantation, not the least of which is the risk of coercing people to give up organs for donation.
But check out what Barbour did: for unclear reasons, one of which was the financial burden of medical care on the state, the Gov released two sisters from prison—on the condition that one donate her kidney to the other. There are, to no one’s surprise, a few racial issues involved here. But from the medical end, there is nothing remotely ethical about this. Anyway, it’s quitting time. A happy, healthy New Year to all my readers.