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Freedom from Fear

 

“Freedom from Fear” was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms.” This, and the other three: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Want, was FDR’s way to redefine American rights from the negative, i.e., the restraints that are put on the government, to the positive, meaning things that the government was required to provide to you.

If anything, the last eighteen months have proven is that the government sees no upside in a population free from fear. Along with their allies in the media, our government (and governments all around the world) have been stoking fear and creating a populace more desperate for safety than liberty.

In Praise of The Internists

 

While many of my posts reflect upon the failings of the healthcare system and fixate upon hospital life, I wanted to take a moment to recognize those who are most commonly confronted: the Internist or Primary Care Provider.

We talk about the long hours of hospital life.  We talk about how hard hospitalists work.  But we often do not recognize those that touch our lives most closely, who develop relationships with us over years, and who often identify things in us before we can ourselves (even us nurses).  We often do not take time to sing the praises of those who forego the hospital life in order to work 40-60 hour weeks but then do not get the two weeks off that hospitalists do.  We do not take the time to really thank those who do not get to take regular vacations and who are with us (hopefully!) for a very long time.

I pride myself on staying on top of my multiple, varied, weird, possibly borderline hypochondriacal (but I have clinical proof!) medical issues.  I pride myself on self-diagnosis and trying to make my providers’ lives easier.  I come in with clear problems and questions.  I make my follow-up appointments.  I (usually) do my labs and tests in a timely fashion.  Sometimes, I’ll even just make a quick call because we all know that my stupid recurrent UTI is nothing they really want to see me for.  I save time and effort and try to make life easy.  I have weird stuff, but that’s no reason to be difficult.

Don’t Get COVID-19 Without Having a Plan Ahead of Time

 

Let’s say that, God forbid, you end up contracting COVID-19. What are you going to do? That’s not a rhetorical question, it’s serious, and one that needs to be answered by everyone well before they get a positive test result. I did not have an answer to that question before I tested positive and now I’m kicking myself. And I’m pretty certain that’s been the case with millions of other people as well.

So here’s how it went down for me. I had some very mild symptoms (which later got worse) and decided to get tested just to be on the safe side. Since my job involves going in and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals, I was at higher risk than the average person. But since I had been doing that for months on end without getting the virus, I assumed that mask- and glove-wearing was keeping me safe. Wrong!

Join Jim and Greg as they examine media critic Howard Kurtz’s call for TV hosts to rely on infectious disease experts to assess the coronavirus instead of more familiar faces. They also hammer “The Atlantic” and two law professors for concluding that China’s crackdown on internet speech is a better way to go than America’s default towards free speech. And they unload on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for lying about opposing Trump’s China travel ban and for suggesting Trump was wrong even to allow American citizens and green card holders to return from China.

Testing… Testing…

 

If I were a certain sort of woman, I’d blame it on The Patriarchy. If I were another sort, I’d blame it on A Culture Insufficiently Supportive of Life. (And, if I were a very specific sort, I’d do both.) Instead, it was the understandable result of The Powers That Be in our neighborhood hospital system not having leeway to make more fine-grained distinctions in a crisis. Which is how pregnant women, who aren’t permitted to receive any in-person prenatal care right now if they have the least little sniffle but no negative lab result for Covid-19, must go through a lengthy, frustrating, and high-exposure screening process to see if they qualify for Covid-19 testing, while the nonpregnant may simply waltz – or rather drive – through safer, low-exposure Covid-19 testing in about 15 minutes.

If you’re pregnant, though, the screening process might take hours, during which you hear, at each step along the way, that you may be ineligible for the lab anyhow – and that’s just your time spent at the walk-in screening center. It doesn’t count the hours (days) you may have spent trying to find a walk-in screening center that hasn’t run out of swabs for the day, and finding out whether you’re even eligible to visit it.

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It’s National Doctor’s Day.   For those on the front lines of the war on COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus, I offer my sincere, from the bottom of my heart, thanks.  Despite the bureaucracy and demanding hours, despite the very real risk to your own health, you are saving lives. Preview Open

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My doctor is retiring, and good for him – he’s earned it. He’s run a tidy little practice with himself, two Nurse Practitioners who did most of the patient contact, and a few other staff to draw blood, take down your vitals, make the appointments, etc. It’s worked very well, but there had been signs […]

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Following Up on Your Followup

 

To all those people on Ricochet who called and wrote in the last week wondering about how my wife and I were doing after our traffic accident… oh, wait. Not a single one of you called or wrote. You all have pretty much minded your own business and I cannot express how much that’s appreciated.

Regardless of your lack of concern over my well being, you wouldn’t have been able to reach me if you wanted to. Just this morning, between 8:30 and 9am ET there were eight unsolicited calls from lawyers and chiropractic “injury recovery centers” reminding me that every day that goes by is a lost opportunity to claim what’s “rightfully” mine.

The Oscars, According to My Husband

 

Last night was the 2018 Oscars – also known as “The Academy Awards.” I don’t know what happened when I mentioned the Oscars were on tonight, but my husband Scott unleashed a tirade of … well, after a grilled burger and a couple Coronas, he let loose as follows and it ain’t pretty:

Our society is so screwed up! Millions are spent on awards shows. They’re all the same…. Tonight we’ll roll out yet another red carpet, so overpaid actors and actresses in their designer duds and diamonds can strut down and bark their latest opinion to the rest of America. I’d rather watch paint dry somewhere!

Oh, he was just getting started….

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I’m tired. Tired of both sides. Tired of the media, especially Britt, Bill, Sean, Kelly, Anderson and Jake. Tired of intellectual dishonesty from friends who call my side racists and Trump Hitler. Tired of those on my side not admitting we nominated a gift to the Left that will never stop giving, even after #ExplodingCommode2016™ is […]

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As a law enforcement chaplain who responds to wild land fatalities, one of the services I provide families who, for whatever reason, can’t see the body of their loved one right away, is that I look after the body on their behalf. I am what I sometimes think of as a transitional love object, the best […]

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A couple of weeks ago, there was a story in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Medical-School Test Gets a Revamp”. No kidding! The first paragraph reads (sorry, no link, as this is behind the WSJ paywall): “The essay section is out and sociology is in, and test-takers will need to be as familiar with psychology […]

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I visited my doctor a couple of weeks ago.  I’m one of those lucky persons who has weight issues because I’m pre-diabetic, not the usual issue of weight gain leading to diabetes (heredity can be a curse).  Anyway I mostly control it through keeping carbs low (most of the time), and trying to get exercise […]

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The State of Washington was one of the Blue states that built their own ObamaCare Exchange, and wholeheartedly expanded their Medicaid program (with the admittedly temporary increase in Federal funding). I recently read an article in my local Everett Herald newspaper, about a survey the legislature is contemplating, of state doctors about the effects of […]

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