Surviving The Emergency Room

How to get the most out of your trip to the ER with the least amount of pain and suffering – for all involved

At one time or another just about everyone will have an ‘Emergency Room Experience’. Maybe you will be the patient, or, just as likely, you will be there with a friend or family member in need of emergency medical care. Either way it will not be a planned event and it will not be convenient. If you are the patient there will be pain and possibly some bleeding involved, you will most likely not know the doctor or nurses taking care of you, their qualifications to do so, or track record. At best it will be an unpleasant interruption of a normal day. At worst—well… But there are some things you should know and some things you can do to minimize the chances of that worst-case scenario.
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THE SHAPE of THINGS

As the much-anticipated first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton draws near I am somewhat surprised to realize I have no interest in watching. None. Zero. I’d rather amuse myself with Monday Night Football, despite having declared a personal boycott in response to the absurd Kaepernick shenanigans and the league’s failure to see the absurdity.
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SURGERY !

I knew it! I knew it a year ago when I first told you about it. I knew the business of the lump wasn’t over and that some day mom and the Doc would want to do something about it. At least I was pretty sure.
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THE BIRDS–RESPONSES FROM MY READERS

The Doc likes to cook—I think I’ve mentioned that before. He has all kinds of pots, pans, and odd gadgets he uses, and an entire drawer full of knives. Long ones, short ones, you name it. He was all excited about a week or so ago when he got them sharpened. I know, what does this have to do with the birds? Be patient.
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THE BIRDS

OK. I know. I’ve been away for a while and some of you are upset that I haven’t responded to your questions. I understand, but it hasn’t been entirely my fault. I’ve mentioned in other posts that I get some technical assistance from the Doc, right? The typing and up-loading stuff. Not paw-friendly. The content is mine but without some help from someone with fingers getting it onto the computer just isn’t going to happen. So, when the Doc isn’t available things bog down. Continue reading

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GONE

I’ve had more than a few letters lately asking me where I’ve been. Truth is I haven’t been anywhere. The problem is where everyone else went. Without telling me. I mean, the folks have gone away before without consulting me and though I’ve never much liked it I was always pretty sure they’d be back, usually sooner than later. And they were. This time it was different.
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