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zap

August 1st, 2007 (10:21 pm)

For weeks I've been accompanying my Attending for one of my patient's weekly electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), AKA electroshock therapy, treatments.  But today, I got the chance to do it myself, supervised by my Attending, of course.  Slathered the conductive jelly on the pt's temples, attached the electrodes, analyzed the baseline brain waveform, checked her for loss of reflexes, and pressed the little yellow button which was protected by a hinged plastic cover, sort of like on the buttons to launch nuclear missiles in the movies.  The procedure went well.

You know you've got a fun job when you can say that you used something called "The Thymatron Device" on your patient.

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July 29th, 2007 (04:51 am)

Dark have been my dreams of late.

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You gotta read these books

July 21st, 2007 (05:00 pm)

Longer update coming soon.  For now, check out my new Amazon Book List.

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June 5th, 2007 (10:23 pm)

Just finished this one:



Pretty damn good.  Now I gotta see the movie.

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Memorial Day Vacay Camera Phone Update

June 1st, 2007 (10:21 pm)
cranky

Current affect:: cranky
current song: The sound of the Yankees actually winning for once

As my Memorial Day Vacay in NY comes to a close, I thought I'd update ye olde foto blogg.

Warning: numerous hi-res pics after the cut.Collapse )

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you gotta read this book

May 28th, 2007 (03:06 pm)
shocked

Current affect:: shocked
current song: Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love

Yesterday I wrote about how I was engrossed in this book:


Today I finished it.  THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ THIS YEAR.

If you choose to read it, I recommend first reviewing a quick one-page synopsis of The Great Gatsby, especially if you didn't read it in high school.  It'll not only clarify things, it'll probably add to your reading enjoyment if the story and its plot are fresh in your mind. But don't go and read any reviews for this book. In fact, don't read ANYTHING about this book at all, just go out there and buy it. Don't let anybody even tell you anything about this book.

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vacay time

May 27th, 2007 (06:12 pm)
sick

Current affect:: sick
current song: Wynton Marsalis - New Orleans

Well, it's been a while.  I spent this Memorial Day Weekend recovering from a viral URI (why does it seem like I always get sick a day or two before vacation?), catching up on sleep, and watching the Yankees SUCK lately.  This is the start of a 1 week vacation, my first real time off in over 7 months, and much-needed time off at that.  Since April 2nd, I've been working on a ward in my hospital where typically the most violent and most psychotic patients get sent.  It's definitely one of the hardest three-month rotations in this residency, but it's also hella fun.  I've had the opportunity to try all sorts of fun drugs on my patients, electro-convulsive therapy, and I'm proud to report that so far, only a handful of my patients have made real attempts at escaping the unit.  Needless to say, it's been a fun couple of months so far.  Lately:

I've been engrossed in Chris Bohjalian's The Double Bind.Collapse )

I saved someone's life on the subway.Collapse )

I presented a brief at a hearing for one of my patients to be sent to state hospital.Collapse )

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Park spread

May 13th, 2007 (10:36 pm)
Current affect:: allergic
current song: Tori Amos - Yo, George

It's no secret that I am a BIG fan of ForgottenNY.  This week they've got a great webpage about Bryant Park.  At the bottom of the page are links to previous studies of Central and Prospect Parks.

Just don't lie in the grass.  Last year I got a major allergic reaction after lying in the grass at Bryant, and I needed to go to the ER twice for steroids.  Thankfully, I didn't have any respiratory compromise.

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April 30th, 2007 (11:44 pm)

Discovery of the week:

By pressing '1' on my cell phone while watching videos, the image goes horizontal and I can see it full-screen.  Which of course motivated me to search the web and I found an entire season of Family Guy I can fit on my phone's memory card!

I've been watching Family Guy on the train, at work, in the park, etc.   Fuckin' awesome.

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April 29th, 2007 (12:13 pm)
drained

Current affect:: drained
current song: new tori album

Last night I went with Brandon to the Haitian Consulate for a Silent Auction Fundraiser for a new hospital being built there (Downstate is partially sponsoring its construction).  My first visit into any consulate, I was expecting something more like a party scene out of a James Bond movie, but found it to be a lot more low-key and cozy.  I got to see and enjoy a chocolate fountain for the first time, and it made me wonder if I had stepped into a time-portal to a 1970s fondue party.  I also got to see a performance by a singing group called the Union Brothers of Port-Au-Prince.  Videos follow:

Chocolate Fountain

Union Brothers

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