I'm sitting on a chair in my family room listening to Blood on the Tracks and it's peaceful. Six hours ago, my wife was sitting in this same chair while a brave nurse tried to find one more vein to get an IV in. In the last six weeks, all of our routines, every simple … Continue reading It's Quiet
Folks, I am so tired of not writing every day. I knew with the new job I'd be cutting back quite a bit, but then with MrsPal's illness, all my writing time has gone right into the Foley bag. By the way, a Foley catheter is not something one should try to remove on their … Continue reading To pee, or not to pee
One of my early lessons in medicine was "listen to the nurses". This isn't to say that nurses know everything and doctors nothing. But we have very different knowledge sets, and it would be easy for a young medical student to simply dismiss anything told them by a "mere nurse" (in this case, "mere nurse" … Continue reading Lessons
When MrsPal was young she babysat for a local doctor's family. One of her charges is now a resident at my hospital, another a successful business woman, another a teacher if I recall correctly. The father is the head of my state medical specialty society and is one of the finest doctors I know. His … Continue reading Brief update
I'd be asleep right now if a loud clap of thunder hadn't sent me bolt upright. Fortunately, my daughter's only reaction was to mutter senselessly, turn over, and snore peacefully. She's slept with me nearly every night since her mother has been in the hospital. She's done remarkably well with unexpected changes, even sleeping … Continue reading Thunder and lightning
Here's a re-post on an important topic. New posts to follow. --PalMD Sixty years ago, the world was full of miracles. Western Europe was recovering from the devastation of World War II, an agricultural revolution promised to banish the fear of starvation in large parts of the world, and the mythical Mad Men era … Continue reading Heart disease deaths dropping, but we can do better
So that rash isn't anything horrid apparently. My dermatologist, who is wonderful, described it as a mixture of eczema and very dry skin (sort of a mix of eczema craquelé, atopic dermatitis, and xerosis). She advised less frequent lukewarm showers, good moisturizer, and a high-potency steroid cream. Hopefully, the change in weather will allow us … Continue reading "This bodes some strange eruption…"