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Wallowing In It

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 08th March 2019 at 18:11 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"Sometimes shit just happens."Just a few days ago, I finished yet another string of four hectic shifts in the ER of our incredibly busy trauma center. After saying my goodbyes to my coworkers and transferring the care of my remaining patients to my partner, I left the building through our ambulance doors, avoiding the main pedestrian entranceway where the hectic waiting room sat. It was a safe choice to leave this way, as it was 3 a.m. and both the ER and the waiting room were still swarming...
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Wallowing In It

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 08th March 2019 at 17:17 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"Sometimes shit just happens."Just a few days ago, I finished yet another string of four hectic shifts in the ER of our incredibly busy trauma center. After saying my goodbyes to my coworkers and transferring the care of my remaining patients to my partner, I left the building through our ambulance doors, avoiding the main pedestrian entranceway where the hectic waiting room sat. It was a safe choice to leave this way, as it was 3 a.m. and both the ER and the waiting room were still swarming...
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Fleece Pajama Bottoms 2019

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 01st March 2019 at 13:00 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

People will stare. Make it worth their while. Can someone please tell me the exact moment when fleece pajama bottoms became the fashion sensibility of America?I can't pinpoint the moment exactly, but several years ago I began to notice that many of our ER patients were presenting for treatment wearing nice fluffy fleece bottoms. Men. Women. Old. Young. These fleece bottoms seemed to be enjoyed by a variety of the population. Most of these earlier bottoms for the younger patients were of superheroes...
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It's Not About The Pus

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 19th February 2019 at 16:23 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

To Dr. Sandra Lee. Heartfelt thanks for humanizing medicine and for inspiring along the way...Several years ago, my daughter Emma introduced me to some videos on YouTube of a dermatologist from California who posted her sometimes shocking but always intriguing encounters with patients who suffered from a variety of dermatologic issues. Of all of these videos, it seemed like the ones which made Emma happiest to watch were the videos in which this doctor's treatment resulted in gallons of pus draining...
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4, 3, 2, 1 And 90.

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 12th February 2019 at 14:08 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.Always.One of the largest problems in our ER, it seems, is that there is a subset of patients who visit us on a routine basis. Commonly known as "the regulars," these familiar faces are sprinkled throughout our day between all our other patient visits. Whether it be for chronic pain, for chronic illness, for companionship, simply to have a place to hang out for a few hours, or to get some food, we are often inundated with...
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To Care Or Not

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 08th February 2019 at 12:41 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I dedicate this to each of you who have cared for or are currently caring for an ill parent or family member. Recently, due to the stress that several of my dearest friends have been experiencing in caring for their elderly parents, I am even more appreciative and respectful of my privilege in caring for elderly patients who have attentive and loving adult children who accompany them to our ER.Although this may seem like it should be the standard, you would be surprised at just how many elderly...
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I Feel Things...

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 05th February 2019 at 14:41 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I'm  back! Thanks to the many people in my life for their support and encouragement upon my returning--you know who you are! Please feel free to repost, share my return, and visit my archive!Well, well, well...hello my long, lost friends. I missed you!It seems like a long, long time since I have written a post for my blog, StorytellERdoc, and I am excited, nervous and humbled to be reentering your lives while returning to my baby.What started as a small adventure and challenge from my writing...
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It's All Innocent

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 16th March 2015 at 15:00 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Happy Monday, everybody!Although I pride myself on catching the obscure snapshots of typical life moments that occur daily while dealing with patients and their families in the emergency department, occasionally there are times when I am so focused on the task at hand that I completely fail to see a glaring moment of obvious humor, sadness, or tenderness. At times like this, then, I am glad to have our hard-working nurses and techs with me in the room to bear witness to such events.For example, recently...
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Where To Look

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 09th March 2015 at 14:57 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Big thanks to my many encouraging friends...it is with you in mind that I have returned with another post.I walked into Room 30 to find two eager sets of eyes awaiting me. One set belonged to a young man, late-twenties, muscular and imposing, sitting in a chair in the corner of the room. His eyes were hazel brown, big and inviting, relieved at seeing my entry into their sheltered world. The other set of eyes, darker brown and magnified by her gold-stemmed glasses, belonged to my patient, a woman...
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Defining Emergency

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 10th July 2014 at 12:50 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I originally wrote this piece in December, 2010. Recently, I learned that it has been "reborn" in the social media world with over 120k shares from just one resource (thank you, KevinMD). Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences...Emergency, as per the all-knowing Webster, is defined as an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. Furthermore, an emergency is also defined as an urgent need for assistance or relief.These definitions...
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