October 20, 2009, 4:19 pm

Post Blog World Post

Castoria ArgumentOh geeze – these parents are actually arguing about which laxative to give their kid!

“The modern way to bring up their baby.”

Baby? That kid is four-years-old if he’s a day.

And the trauma!

Dad wants to give the kid his laxative.

Mom says “No! It’s too harsh!”

Good grief.

Of course, in 40 years, the kid will have to deal with his parents being constipated.

The circle of life…

Then again, Castoria did taste better than Milk of Magnesia.

Or so I have heard…


Re-entry into the real world after four days in Vegas has taken a bit of time. Got back on Sunday.

The medblogger meet up was fantastic – again, thanks to Dr. Val at Better Health for putting the panels together, to Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring the track and to MedPage Today for adding their sponsorship!

Lots of fun, but lots of serious discussion about where we are going as a genre and the challenges that lay ahead.

Here’s to next year! Start planning now!

(Speaking of Dr. Val, check out her interview here with ABC – Medbloggers making news!)


grandroundslogoAlvaro is hosting Grand Rounds today at Sharp Brains: The Brain and Cognition Edition.

It looks wonderful.

It has been months since I’ve been able to sit and read Grand Rounds with a latte in hand – I think that will be my treat to myself tomorrow!


I’m sitting in the McCarran airport in Las Vegas on Sunday, thinking my adventures in blogging were over for the weekend. I noticed a tweet from @nicurnmama (Laura, from Adventures in Juggling). Seems she was sitting in Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar and Grill. In Las Vegas. At the airport.


Say what?

Laura hadn’t been to Blog World.

And I had just walked by that bar and grill!

Well, Laura had been right next door at the Venetian attending another blogging conference (SITScation) the entire weekend!

So I was able to meet Laura (at Gate C 16 in the Southwest Terminal)!  I won the Blogger Jackpot! We corralled a total stranger to take our picture (thanks, total stranger!).

And hopefully we can get Laura at the next medblogger conference!

Hint, hint!



This is just bizarre!

Las Vegas’ elevation is about 2000 feet above sea level.

Is this really necessary?

I mean, maybe a few conference goers might have visited a regular bar, but to the point of needing an oxygen bar?

I didn’t try it.

Let’s put it this way: there were more people in Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill than even glanced at this O2 bar. I mean, think about it. A nasal cannula or a Cabo Wabo margarita?

You make the call.

Only in ‘Vegas.

Just sayin’.

October 16, 2009, 11:52 pm

BlogWorld/New Media Expo – The Exhibited, The Uninhibited!

meandhughFirst day of the general BlogWorld sessions and as usual, I came away with renewed energy, a plethora of ideas and a dramatically decreased bank account! No, not on gambling – I hit the Barnes & Noble on-site kiosk.

God, I love books!

But the highlight of the day? I met my Blogfather! Meet Hugh Hewitt, talk show host extraordinaire! I think if you did a “paternity” test on every blog online today,  75% of them would be related, in some way, to Hugh’s influence.

Blog World CEO Rick Calvert was interviewed by Hugh, and he mentioned the medblogger track!



This banner blew me away! It was at the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation booth. The banner tells you where their donations go.

They actually recognize, and fund, nurse researchers!

Do you know how rare it is to find that anyone realizes that nurse researchers exist, let alone see it on a promotional banner?

I’m so impressed!

Until 8 pm on Saturday, October 17th, for every hashtag of #beatcancer that is used on any tweet, blog or website, donation is made to cancer research. The goal is to set a Guinness record. So please use #beatcancer whenever you tweet, blog or facebook!


oneforteamA bit of unfinished business from last night: a photo of Doctor Anonymous “taking one for the team”. Seems there was one last King crab leg and someone had to eat it. It was a sacrifice, but he managed to do it.

The Singing Medbloggers video is now up over at Doctor Anonymous: Medbloggers at BlogWorld.

They swear that this is three-part-harmony not heard since the Bee Gees graced the stage, and I have the tweet to prove it.

Listen to the self-described harmonic convergence and judge for yourself.



I guess I was the only blogger on the face of the earth who did not know who Chad Vader was!

He is Darth Vader’s younger brother and works as a day shift manager in a grocery store. He’s actually quite the gentleman if you like the heavy breathing type.

Well, I picked up my share of swag and tomorrow I’ll pick up some more!

I’m all about the swag, baby, all about the swag…

October 15, 2009, 9:58 pm

One For the Medblogger History Books

125pxThe first medblogger track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo is now history.

And it went beautifully!

The panels were informative, the audience engaged and we even got Paul Levy in via telephone hook up through a device that looked like a giant Star Trek communicator!

A most interesting day!



The first surprise was seeing Ramona’s “Blogger Quilt”!

She made it for the conference to be given to one of the medblogger attendees via drawing.

It is beautiful! And even better, on each of the white diagonal lines is the signature of one of the medbloggers.

So, the drawing was held before the fourth panel and the quilt was won by…

Gary Schwitzer, of Health News Review.org!

He wore it as a cape for the first part of his panel! Super Blogger!


Ramona’s fingers must have been flying because she made me a mini-quilt of Rosie the Riveter!

She says it looks like me! I wish I was that buff!

(Right now I feel like Rosie the Wilted; that was some margarita at dinner!)

The quilt is gorgeous and will have a special place on the wall at home!

Well, there was much introducing and hugging and excitement as everyone gathered (most of us meeting for the first time), and then the day’s sessions began.



My two fellow nurse bloggers pictured here are Gina, of Code Blog fame and Terri from Nurse Ratched’s Place.

This was my first time meeting Gina – much fun, and Terri is always a hoot!

Jamie Davis, host of the Nursing Show Podcast was on hand doing on the spot interviews with the bloggers, and Terri had us all busting up with her interview and her panel contributions!



Doctor Anonymous (Mike) will be doing his BlogTalkRadio show directly from the BTR booth in the exhibit hall, tomorrow at approximately 2:00 pm.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say you might hear a rousing rendition of “Let It Be” and “Amie” as sung by a few of our blogging colleagues. At dinner. In harmony. Sort of.



Grunt Doc and Dr. Wes may look innocent, but ask them about “The Lunch Incident”.

The true story may never be told.

While I’m sitting in front of these guys giving my full attention to my distinguished colleagues on the panels, they are tweeting funny things to the Twitter stream that is running on the screen in front of the room!

I will say this: they are not the ones on Dr. Anonymous’ infamous “Let It Be” tape.

I shall say no more.


If there was an award given for who traveled the longest to get to BlogWorld, Bongi would win, hands down!

Neal and his (gorgeous) significant other (whose name is escaping me at the moment, I apologize) traveled all the way from South Africa. Together they comprise 2/7 of the entire blogging population of South Africa – seriously. Neal knows of five others.

It was absolutely stunning that he came to the conference, and we are thrilled to see him!



And lastly, here is a photo of Gene, Nick, Kevin and myself (you can see Mike in the background filming Alan). Nick and Kevin, along with Kerri, did a great job on our panel!

Tomorrow, in addition to Dr. A’s BlogTalkRadio show, I get to see my blog father, Hugh Hewitt, in the keynote and he will be broadcasting his show from BlogWorld tomorrow from 3 pm to 6 pm, PDT. If you want to listen, you can hear it streamed live over KRLA’s website.

I hope to get a picture with Hugh, if I don’t get too freaked out to ask! Wish me luck!


There are still two full days of blogging goodness ahead of us! More to come tomorrow, including photos of tonight’s dinner and sing-along! Now it’s time for bed! Been up since 0600 and it’s almost 0100!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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