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Nov. 4th, 2009 | 09:44 am

We found this sweet dog on Sunday. She only had a rabies tag and it was from a vet clinic in Missouri(!). They are working on searching through the records but are taking their sweet time. Can y'all put the word out? Seems crazy but if a Missouri dog can end up in Texas, who knows where her people really are? She was found near Fincher and Belknap street. We were on the way to pho. We never did get that pho...


Me? I'm okay. Been really busy at work. I'm on, like a thousand committees now because I decided to undertake my own version of health care reform. You know me, always doing it my own way: vigilante style.

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Jun. 11th, 2009 | 03:06 pm
mood: Analog TV goes offline tonight
music: you should fire up the Radiation King up one last time

I'm reorganizing my stuff-I know it never happens, but believe that it is happening now. In one of the strata that makes up my room, I came across a note that I wrote during my first internship. It was to my program coordinator. I wrote her to plead that she do something about the pest situation in the call room. I spent the night on call the night before being awoken not only by my pager, but also by ROACHES CRAWLING THROUGH MY HAIR. EWWWW.

It was hard enough pulling 36 hour shifts without having to worry also about creepy crawly shit eaters in my hair. But I guess I knew where I was on the food chain. My call room today is much nicer--almost like a hotel room. My students are amazed when they see it. they are often shoved into rooms with multiple bunk beds. It sounds like fun until someone else's beeper goes off while you are trying to sleep. Of course, I have a theory that the nicer it is, the rarer you get to see it. I haven't been able to see mine in quite some time...

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(s)Whine Flu

May. 7th, 2009 | 10:02 am
mood: looking forward to it

It seems that H1N1 isn't as virulent and deadly as people initially posited. Thank goodness. Still, over 1000 people have hit the ER in the last three days with coughs and runny noses. They wanted to be checked out "just in case". Of the 600+ flu tests that were done, NONE were positive. My ER doctor friend looks very tired.

I'm glad that is wasn't as bad as people thought and I'm still wondering why such a hullabaloo was made in the first place? Did I miss something? Perhaps I'm too jaded and cold blooded from seeing far worse on a daily basis. I don't know.

I'm just glad it'll be over soon and the kids are going back to school. Still, I think I pulled a hang nail. Perhaps I should be tested too...better not, as I might be positive and won't be able to see NIN with M, pixielily0323 and superrice. Now THAT would be a tragedy!

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on being an adult

May. 1st, 2009 | 11:06 am

I'm stuck on jury duty today. My case assignment isn't until one, so I'm wandering aimlessly around downtown until then. I tried visiting the library as I had spent so muah of my childhood there, roaming the stacks.

Unfortunately, they rebuilt it in an expansion move. Instead of preserving the architecture, which was a forward looking and modern underground facility, they chose this garish neoretro pseudoclassical affair with fake columns. It's so gauche I can't stand it. You really can't go home again.

So I'm back to wandering, waiting and hoping that this case, if I'm selected for the final cut isn't protracted. At least it gets me out of call this evening. Hope it doesn't extend to my days off next week. That would just be perfect.

The best part of being an adult is being able to eat a fried chocolate pie for breakfast whilst listening to Nine Inch Nails full blast. It's the best. The best!

So far there aren't any confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 S-OIC-just a handful of suspected cases. I hope it stays that way for my call tomorrow night.

I posted this from my phone so there.

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Apr. 29th, 2009 | 11:30 pm
mood: i'm glad i have jury duty
music: friday, i'm in court

this swine flu thing is getting totally out of hand. the school system in this area decided to shut down through may 11th. wtf.

people, let's get this straight. swine flu (H1N1) is just a fucking flu virus. true, we usually do not contract this particular strain, but it's the flu all the same.

there are less than 100 confirmed cases (91 so far) in the ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. there has only been one death thus far. more people get chlamydia. more people get HIV. every day.

please, please, please do not flood the er or clinics with every little cough and sneeze. practice good hand washing and general hygiene. don't bother with the surgical masks, it'll make you look silly. or japanese.

eat a bowl of rice then, wash the bowl. it will be okay.

Portable Hospital Wing (it's upside down)

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Apr. 19th, 2009 | 04:47 pm

Going to Philadelphia tomorrow. Plan on spendin' the week getting my learn on at the ACP conference.

What should I do while I'm there besides eat cheesesteaks and no get mugged? I have no idea.

I have never been to Pennsylvania so much in my life, since I lived in Hershey.

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Apr. 15th, 2009 | 01:48 am

Texas Lawmaker suggests Asians change their names to make it easier for Americans to deal with.  so okay, i've transliterated my name before, it's true.  i did it because i wanted to get on about the business of communication, instead of wasting time explaining the nuances of vietnamese phonetics.  the mind wobbles.  she should be getting on about the business of familiarizing herself with the new face of her constituency, the new face of america.

also, i once had a teacher try to tell me that i spelled my name wrong.  i didn't care for that, either.  come to think of it, her last name was brown too...

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what to do? what to do?

Mar. 26th, 2009 | 10:13 pm
location: work
mood: god come down
music: if you're really there. well, you're the one who claims to care.

so my aunt took a road trip to houston to meet the guru. the long and the short of it, he promised that he could cure her without surgery. this of course feeds into her baseline desire of not wanting surgery in general.

this whole situation has the family in an uproar and i'm in a quandary as to what to do. they (her brothers and sisters) want me to "do something about her", like i have any pull. besides, she is an adult and is competent. her fierce resistance speaks to the anti-paternalist in me to let her do what she wants.

still, i'm not quite ready to be an orphan. this unwillingness to do surgery also flies in the face of her past wishes "to do everything possible" to treat a person. i suppose "everything possible" is whatever she arbitrarily decides? i don't know.

what to do?

what to do?

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Happy Doctor's Day

Mar. 25th, 2009 | 09:32 am

Trustworthy, Indeed

I get to spend it making rounds and taking my stubborn mom to her surgeon. Woo Hoo.

edit: it's not officially unitl 30 march, but there was a luncheon and such today, and i got over excited. mmm luncheon and stuff...

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4 hours and counting

Mar. 17th, 2009 | 04:43 am
location: the dreaded workplace thingy
mood: harrumph

Mom has another round of imaging and perhaps a biopsy today. Really, this is a stalling action for the definitive action: surgery. This was the best compromise that I and her surgeons could come up with to bring her back to the table.

She still doesn't want surgery, and told my brother as such today. He didn't take it well and blew up with her on the phone. Not the best of moves, but he's always been a bit of a hot head.

It's worse than I thought, her recalcitrance. Instead of a "couple of months," she wants to do the herbals for six months(!). Whatever this guru of hers is telling her, it is really playing into her fear/avoidance. I think a face to face with him is overdue.

I'm not quite at my wit's end but close. I've been using my position to the best of my abilities to maneuver behind the scenes to get things done that she refuses to do (such as pick up her XRAYS). It has been quite distracting since I have my own patients to care for. I can't take too much time off as we're short handed already and I believe now that I have to save my days to look after her later.

I can't do this alone anymore. I need help, but I don't know how to ask for it without sending huge shock waves throughout the family (I don't she's told any of her siblings). I will tell them but I hope that they surprise and panic dies quickly so that we can get to it...

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