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Donors choose—this is it, folks

This is the penultimate day of our Donors Choose challenge to fund needy Michigan classrooms. We have fully funded 13 separate projects and scooped up matching funds from the Gates Foundation and Hewlett-Packard. You have all been terribly generous, but I have to ask one final favor. A generous reader just gave $100 to a…

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Getting my swine flu shot

A hat-tip to my buddy Abel over at TerraSig for keeping this story alive and inspiring me to chime in.  –PalMD It’s no secret that I find the anti-vaccination crowd to be abhorrent. The public’s health is the first victim, followed closely by individual patients and parents struggling with individual health decisions. I cannot fault…

Service

The young resident presented the patient in the usual dry terms we use for such things. “The patient is a 42 year old woman recently hospitalized for cirrhosis due to alcohol use. Her cirrhosis has been complicated by esophageal varices, encephalopathy, and refractory ascites.” In other words, the woman has drunk herself nearly to death.…

Donors choose—almost there!

You guys are great. Large donations continue to trickle in, but really, we can live quite well off of small donations. It would be really cool if we finished off the drive with a bunch of micro-donations, in the 1-10 dollar range. These small donations add up really quickly. A Story to Tell is $97…

When I see a patient at the office, I spend time developing trust, forming a therapeutic alliance, thinking through their physical complaints, examining them, and applying the best evidence to formulating a plan for maintaining their health. It’s a lot of fun. Less fun is the part where I try to get paid. To bill…

Donors Choose—final days

We have some very generous readers. We’ve managed to fully fund 12 out of 14 proposals from needy Michigan classrooms. We can probably pull off funding the final two projects this week, and although our readers have been quite generous in the size of individual gifts, I’d love to see a bunch of micro-gifts, in…

All I want for Christmas…

My daughter handed my wife a hand-written Channukah wish-list which I will reproduce for you in its entirety: Barbie remote corvette Barbie camper Ken doll For real elephant I’m not sure which one we will get her, but I have my biases.

Flu season—getting in to see the doctor

I try not to overbook at my office. I have about 16 slots every morning for returning patients (fewer if I have new patients booked, which I usually do). I usually schedule, counting new and old patients, 12 patients every morning. If I were to cut my appointment slots down to 10 minutes instead of…

My county health department released 10K doses of H1N1 vaccine yesterday and opened up two distribution centers for them. With all the anti-vaccination craziness out there, I was worried no one would show. Turns out, no need to worry. My friend went yesterday and waited for four hours with thousands of other people. From a…