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.
I caught this story on NPR this morning as I drove in to work. It is 'American Widow Project' Born From Grief” by Glorida Hillard. I hope you will check it out. These young women (and their families) need to be remembered today too.
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."
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”)!
November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. The Days of Johann, an agility dog! has a nice post on it. I know many of us have lost dogs to cancer. You can read about my losses here, here (Ladybug is the one in the picture), and here. Recently, Shadowfax lost his dog to canine cancer. Orac's dog Echo died back in July of canine cancer.
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.
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.
I also hope you will join us this Thursday night at 8 pm CST (or 1 am GMT) both to listen to the show and to participate in the chat room. That's where all the fun is.
Tips for first time Blog Talk Radio listeners (from Dr A):
For first time Blog Talk Radio listeners:
*Although it is not required to listen to the show, I encourage you to register on the BlogTalkRadio site prior to the show. I think it will make the process easier.
*To get to my show site, click here. As show time gets closer, keep hitting "refresh" on your browser until you see the "Click to Listen" button. Then, of course, press the "Click to Listen" button.
*You can also participate in the live chat room before, during, and after the show. Look for the "Chat Available" button in the upper right hand corner of the page. If you are registered with the BTR site, your registered name and picture will appear in the chat room.
*You can also call into the show. The number is on my show site. I'll be taking calls beginning at around the bottom of the hour. There is also a "Click To Talk" feature where you do not need a phone to call into the show - only a microphone headset. Hope these tips are helpful!