First, it’s Veteran’s Day here in the United States, so if you haven’t seen this story of how GruntDoc’s blog helped out (via one of his readers) veteran SSGT Robert Toland, then you need to check this post out.
Watch the video here, and enjoy the sight of regular people pitching in to help other people. Beautiful.
Backstory here and here.
Taryn Davis was just 21 years old when her husband was killed in Iraq. As an young widow, she felt bereft, and very alone. She channeled her grief into the "American Widow Project."
Dr Rob, Musings of a Distractible Mind, is this week's host of Grand Rounds. The “job advice” edition! You can read it here (photo credit).
Interestingly, on Wednesday I got the following email:
Dear Dr. Rob:
I have been gunning for this job for over four years and just landed it this week. I am real excited about it, but need some advice on how to do it best.
What advice can you give me?
Anonymous (my name rhymes with “no llama”)!
And if you’ve ever wondered how a C-section is done, then check out this simulated one (via Kevin, MD). Have to agree – cool.
Cool. (via The Well-Timed Period)
A thoughtful post from T, Notes of an anesthesioboist, on the recent Boston Globe article regarding drug use in anesthesiologists -- Fallen. Very sad topic.
The Boston Globe article paints the picture all-too-clearly: "He was dead when they found him in the storage closet at the hospital...There was a half-filled vial of propofol...a syringe filled with midazolam...empty vials of morphine, hydromorphone, and Demerol...And then there was one nearly empty vial of vecuronium - an intravenous muscle relaxant that...would shut down the body's respiratory system in roughly three minutes, leading to certain death."It's that last sentence that I found so chilling………. How horrifying and sad and awful.