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Monday, April 11, 2011

Three Things You Want In Future.

 Today was a very special day. I have been invited for talks before but this was the best.

I went to my daughter’s class to talk about what I do. The teacher has invited parents to come to the class and talk about what they do for a living.

When I arrived at the school there were 17 children eagerly waiting. I talked about what Hospitalist are and what hospital medicine is about? I also informed them about wound care and hyperbaric medicine. I asked for any volunteers with any “boo-boo” for demonstration. One 7 year old volunteer with an ant bite came forward,  who I readily discharged from my service after prompt therapy.

All in all it was a lovely experience.

In the end I asked them if there were any questions or comments, here are some fine examples;

  • “My sister kicks me at night, can you do something about it”.
  • “My granny has a metal in her hip. Does she need any thing?”
  • “Do you also treat cats and dogs?”
  • “I know how you become a doctor, you go to med school”.
 The best thing is my daughter thought I was awesome! You  can’t beat that.
Blog You Later.

About the picture: My 6 year old daughter was asked what three things you want to do in future.
So if you look at the picture, she scratched 1- Fly 2- Talk to cars. Before what she wrote above. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Chinese Curse

I took care of an elderly lady once. She was brought to the hospital by police after someone reported elder abuse. She was found in her room in diapers only. There were only crackers in the room. Apparently she was locked in the room by her family member; she was kept in diapers, as it would be “easy” to care for this way. She was fed mostly crackers and water. There were no sheets on the bed as it makes it easy, no sheets…. No cleaning.

When I saw her in the room she was eating grapes…… her bed side table was full of food. She was voraciously devouring her food. It was embarrassing to see her eat like that but on the other hand I was also glad that she could eat. She would not talk to me as every time I would ask her a question, she would give me an evil eye and continue to gobble something else…… grapes, lots of them I remember the most from that moment.

The sad part was that even after all that she did not complaint about her family member who did this…. only a mother can protect her child like that.

This event reminded me of a story from my childhood. There was this little kid, he was asked by her mother to go to the bazaar and buy the cheapest plate from a thrift store. He asked why mother? She said “this is for your grandmother as she breaks all the new stuff; I don’t want to waste money on a new plate”. This child went to the bazaar and came back with two old dirty plates. She was surprised and asked him “why two plates my dear?” and he said “one for granny and …. one for you when you are that age”.

In South Korea, a couple is being charged for murder after their baby daughter starved to death while they went out to play an online computer game. Sadly the game was about nurturing a virtual girl as she grows in a virtual world. What an irony.

It has been a famous Chinese curse, may you live in interesting times. I hope not too interesting.

Blog You Later.

About the picture:I spotted this presidential rabbit outside White House, hoarding something.

PS: Correction, obviously that is not a rabbit, I am not sure what I was thinking. LOL.... thank you Ann.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Snooki Or Not To Be....

To be or not to be---that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer. When Shakespeare penned these words in Hamlet I am sure, that he was not thinking of Snooki.

I am not sure how many of you are familiar with the infamous Snooki, the star of “Jersey Shore”. She has made quite a name for herself in so many ways. To top it all she wrote a new book too.

I read this most interesting news the other day; she was invited to be a guest speaker at Rutgers University. Now the amazing thing is that she was paid $32,000. She was voted by students to get an invite.

During her talk she was full of wisdom and insight regarding this perplex thing we call life. She pondered on various subjects from fist pumping to laundry and tanning. I will take the liberty to quote one historic pearl from her speech,

                              “Study hard but party harder”.

When you Google Rutgers University, the first hit you get about this esteemed New Jersey University is

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated to advanced learning, creating knowledge and contributing to the growing vitality of the state…….

All jokes aside it is fine and dandy that you want your students to have all kinds of exposure. In all fairness the next speaker is 1993 Noble Laureate in literature , Toni Morrison. She will be speaking to a jam packed stadium audience.  She is known for her eloquence, role of black women in society and her contemporary style.

The only problem is she is getting paid two thousand dollars less than our party hardy girl. I think our Beloved is getting the short stick…. again!

Blog You Later.

About The Picture: That is JFK at a monument in Tampa, not to be mistaken for a Snooki quote.