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There was a very nice piece in the New York Times yesterday about an oncology nurse’s first code. Go read!

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  1. #1 Brian X
    September 9, 2008

    Ouch. I vividly remember seeing my father in the back of an ambulance, spewing foam from a flash edema, then barely conscious a few hours later in the CICU. My dad made it though, and is still around. But it’s just surreal to see how things can change in a heartbeat.

    The other thing this reminds me of is urban legends of a bullet or something like that knocking out a tumor and curing the patient. I think it goes without saying that this story completely and tragically disproves the legends.

  2. #2 Lisa b
    September 9, 2008

    Thanks for that link Signout. In my brief brush with the medical system I had learned that last lesson ‘the antidote to death is life’.
    I often wonder how all of you do it, day after day beating off death. I think that answers it for me.

  3. #3 LindaCO
    September 10, 2008

    Thanks for pointing us to that piece. I’m guilty of getting caught up in the minutiae of the day to day details, and it’s good to be reminded of the ‘point’ of it all, which is to enjoy the time we have.

    And kudos to the hospital staff that respond with such fervor to patients in crisis.

  4. #4 Heather
    September 10, 2008

    Lately, I’ve been wondering why-oh-why I didn’t listen to my godmother and go into nursing. Thanks for the forehead-smack!

  5. #5 storkdok
    November 15, 2008

    “The antidote to death is life.”

    My father, Chief of OB/GYN and GYN Oncology at his hospital for over 35 years, died suddenly of a massive MI at age 72. His last conversation with me a couple days before was about the great time he had after one of his medical meetings, scuba diving with my cousin. I was devastated. He was my hero, the reason my brother and I went into medicine and OB/GYN.

    Two months later I gave birth to my son, my antidote.

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    September 21, 2009

    Thanks for pointing us to that piece.

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    I am glad you recognized her dread about pronouncement as something more than paperwork. One part of my residency I loved was the once a week the hospital chaplain/counselor/ethics professor would round with us.

  11. #11 Fashion Schools
    December 11, 2009

    It’s good to enjoy the time we have. Thanks for that.

  12. #12 film izle
    October 4, 2010

    When you’re done, read PalMD’s interesting piece that follows up his first answer to “Would you do it all over again?” (See also the comments section in Orac’s pointer.)

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  14. #14 doktor
    April 11, 2011

    Thanks for that

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    May 4, 2012

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