October 31, 2006, 10:30 am

See Through Grand Rounds! Bwhahahaha!


You’re supposed to read the title with a Boris Karloff voice.

Because it is Halloween, right?

Now, I’ve heard of being born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but never a string of pearls around your mediastinum!

This is from an old ad for a “miracle” technology that allows a doctor to see your beating heart (if you look hard at the top, you can see the patient standing behind the machine, so this is “live action”).

I say put Bugs Bunny back there and it looks like something from a Warner Brothers cartoon!


Alas, I do not work on this illustrious ode to witches and goblins and things that go bump in the night.

Actually, that’s too bad. There is a red cape in my daughter’s room and I could have gone dressed all in white with my nursing cap on (any excuse, remember?), along with the red cape and been “Super Nurse”!

I didn’t get to wear my cap during Nurses Week this year. That’s the week hubby decided his gallbladder would go bad, so I was only at work one day.

He owes me four days of cap wearing.


Not only is it Halloween, it’s Grand Rounds day!

Today it’s at Dr. Hebert’s Medical Gumbo.

And I’m going to have a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte to celebrate.

I learned to never order my Starbucks drink as a “for here” order. Coffee tastes much better in a porcelain mug but not when Mr. Homeless Bronchitis-vs-Tuberculosis decides to sit in the cushy chair opposite of yours and cough his guts out.

One wants a covered beverage in those conditions.

I almost leaned over and inquired as to his health and to urge a visit to the hospital as I’m almost sure he was working on developing pneumonia if he didn’t have it already. Then I realized the Starbucks I was at wasn’t even near a hospital or clinic and I’d feel obligated to help.

I didn’t say anything.

I’m not proud that. Perhaps I should have.


Speaking of coughs, patients with a cough often need a chest x-ray!

How’s that for a segue to a mention of Dr. Sethi’s Radiology Grand Rounds! Held once a month over at Sumer’s Radiology Site, it’s a compliation of some great radiology information, along with an occasional jaw-dropping film (can you say “chest tube in the left ventricle”?).

Who would have thought radiology could be interesting? Find out just how interesting by paying Dr. Sethi a visit!


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  • jen

    November 1, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    i’m off to read about the chest tube in the left ventricle!! Wow!! just wanted to tell you that I set my blog back up just in time for nablopomo.

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    May 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm

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