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Yesterday, when I was on overnight call, something truly astounding happened: the hospital ran out of coffee. By which I mean, there was no coffee available all day, nor all night.

To quote one of my favorite ScienceBloggers, what the fucking fuck?! Seriously, what kind of hospital runs out of coffee? Doesn’t that violate some kind of accreditation requirement?*


I had intended to write something thoughtful on my arrival home, but I’m too inadequately caffeinated to put a coherent thought together. Instead, you get the following link, which certainly benefits humanity far more than my usual jibberjabber, anyway.

You all know how I feel about DonorsChoose–it’s a terrific way for private donors to support public education in tangible ways. Plus, it could get you on TV, and isn’t that the lifetime goal of 90% of the western world’s population? Anyway, if you click here–or on the “Big Think” banner to your right–you’ll be directed to a site where you can support DonorsChoose for free! That’s right–all you have to do is vote for one of their profiled scientists, and Pfizer coughs up a buck toward funding projects in public education. You’ll also get the chance to view and donate to projects privately, and I can tell you from my own experience that this is an incredibly gratifying direction in which to throw some change.

I’ll be back with the usual word salad as soon as I’ve gotten a couple days’ sleep. Now, I sup on Froot Loops!


*And don’t start in on me about those Seventh-Day Adventist places that have nothing caffeinated at all in the hospital: I think they’re an invention of the graduate medical education people intended to scare us into being less dissatisfied with our squalor.

Comments

  1. #1 Abel Pharmboy
    August 16, 2008

    what the fucking fuck?!

    Oh, my goodness! What science blogger would ever speak so caustically?

    Good on ya for the shoutout for DonorsChoose. Now, go get some sleep.

  2. #2 LindaCO
    August 16, 2008

    Wow! I didn’t think hospitals, of all places, could legally do that.

    I second the commenters that said they really like your writing. Please find time to continue to tell us your story.

  3. #3 PalMD
    August 16, 2008

    NOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    The free coffee we get in the clinic is horrible, so as a nice thing, i bring good coffee beans and brew one or two pots a day of the good stuff.

    But this hospital cannot run out of coffee. It’s the busiest hospital in the country and there is coffee in a few spots on every floor.

  4. #4 PhysioProf
    August 16, 2008

    What kind of foul-mouthed douchewacker would ever say something like “What the fucking fuck!?”?

  5. #5 ABC
    August 16, 2008

    Is it healthy to force yourself to stay awake by using caffeine? Is your judgment going to be sound? Physician, heal thyself.

  6. #6 Mike Barnkob
    August 17, 2008

    All the verbal abuse you sometime write about here… its nothing compared to the scale of this treachery!

  7. #7 Heather
    August 18, 2008

    Oh, Signout’s judgment is sound. It’s just *enhanced* by the java, that’s all.

    Signout, I want to call you but I’m afraid of waking you up!

  8. #8 Jessica Palmer
    August 18, 2008

    Wow – it is so great to see you blogging regularly again! Your acerbic wit perked me up as if it were caffeine. Too bad it doesn’t do the same for you. . .

  9. #9 Signout
    August 18, 2008

    Yeah, that’s right–enHANCED.

    And don’t worry about waking me up–you can’t wake me when I never sleep! Ha ha!

    Seriously, call me.

    And as ever, thanks to all for the empathy.

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    August 19, 2008

    “This is why people hate hospitals” — Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development

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