October 27, 2008, 9:00 pm

Gentlemen: Start Your Grand Rounds!

Welcome to the Emergiblog Speedway, where the Grand Rounds 500 is about to get under way! No chance of a rain delay – our bloggers are ready to roll!

Thirty-nine bloggers have shown up for the event. All entries have qualified; no posts were sent back to the garage.

And ladies, don’t worry, you’re welcome on the track, I just wanted to use the classic starting phrase!


Kasey Kahne is THE best driver and my favorite, so here are some posts that I particularly liked.

You can say these have earned the “pole” position.

First of all, if you did not have a chance to hear Dr. Anonymous’ BlogTalkRadio interview with Carrie of NeoNurseChic, you must listen to the archive. An articulate, riveting story of living with chronic pain.

Next, I’d like to introduce a new blogger. MedicNurse has been reading us for about five years and has decided to enter the world of the medical blogosphere. I know I’m hooked. Check our Grumpy? or Misunderstood? at Medic/Nurse’s Blog. Welcome!

Wow. Rarely do I read a post that actually sways me on an issue. Is health care a right? Before you answer, or think you are convinced otherwise, read Duncan Cross’ post On Rights at his blog Ill. Humored.

Dr. Deb has wonderful news! Finally, finally Mental Health Coverage in the US is Law! No more arbitrary limits to visits, no one can be “cut off”. This is a huge step in mental health for everyone!

Barbara at In Sickness and In Health passes on a beautiful love story…and then ends with one of her own in Two Hearts Beat As One…Really!

Bwahahahahah! Vitum at Vitum Medicinus writes about the excitement of ER as only a medical student can in The Call Any Med Student In Emerg is Waiting For: There’s Been a Massive Accident. Hey Vitum, can you pass me a Kleenex? : D

There is a vlogger in town and her name is Kerri! Of course we all know Kerri from Six Until Me and today she is vlogging on Halloweenin’ Diabetes! We have a lot in common in that we both have Snickers on our minds, but I didn’t realize she was so pretty and I’m totally jealous but I put her in my favorites anyway. (Kerri, you can send the check for that last part to my PayPal account…)

Now I know very little ’bout birthin’ babies, so this story from Theresa at Rural Doctoring had me fascinated and biting my nails. I had no idea this was even possible. Here is Birth Story #388: A Successful Amnioinfusion.


Tony Stewart is a controversial figure; he is never afraid to speak his mind. Here are some topics that can also be considered controversial.

Whoa! This can’t be good. Matthew Mintz at Dr. Mintz’ Blog discusses a patient-specific letter he received that raises some important questions and a few eyebrows. Check out Pharma and Pharmacy: CVS and Merck Team Up to Sell Drugs!

Jeffrey at Monash Medical Student takes on obesity and exercise in Australia in Pro-Obesity Melbourne?

Keeping it real: Sandy Szwarc makes swiss cheese out of a study linking obesity to an increase in Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents in a post entitled A Costly Truism That’s Not True… at her blog Junkfood Science.

Over at Insureblog, Henry Stern looks at the Personal Genome Project, the attempt to put together a “massive genetic database” to be used by researchers in the search for disease cures. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Nice Genes!”

The thought of an epidemic of a vaccine-preventable disease is scary. Sam at Canadian Medicine wants to know, “Is CBC News guilty of sensationalizing a story about an extremely rare side effect of the flu vaccine?” Check out Rx: A Healthy Dose of Reason.

Going back to Pharma issues, David Williams from Health Business Blog notes that for every payout there is a recipient in Pharma and Physicians: It Takes Two to Tango.


NASCAR may be American, but auto racing is international.

Juan Pablo Montoya, from Bogota, Columbia illustrates that the will to win (and health care!) is the same no matter where we live.

Sandnsurf at Life in the Fast Lane shares a letter from an ER doctor written for a local Australian newspaper entitled “Dear Potential Patient”.

Organ donation policies throughout the world are the subject of a post from Dr. Ramona at Suture for a Living. Check out her post entitled Organ Donation.

Bongi from Other Things Amanzi tells a great story of practical experience vs. by-the-book knowledge in So Clever…Bongi, you just plain rock!


You can’t have a NASCAR theme without The King, Richard Petty. He is the elder statesman of auto racing. Here are some issues our future “elder statesmen” will be addressing!

Walter Jessen at Highlight HEALTH says, “Given the significance of biomedical research on healthcare, this article highlights the 2008 presidential candidates’ positions. Check out 2008 Presidential Candidates on the Issues of Biomedical Research and Healthcare.

In his inimitable style, Dr. Rich at The Covert Rationing Blog discusses More Implications of our Right to Healthcare. I have your book, Dr. Rich! It’s next on my to-read list!

Louise, blogging over at the Colorado Health Insurance Insider notes the staggering cost of caring for a child with autism and proposes a solution that has already been implemented with other illnesses in Autism and Health Insurance.

Universal health care sounds great, but who is going to provide it? Toni at Everything Health discusses the one missing piece to this puzzle in Universal Health Care is Doomed to Fail Without Primary Care.


Carl Edwards is known for being in shape as he back-flips off his car after every win. Speaking of being in shape…

Dr. Doc at Mind, Soul and Body writes a moving essay on how we are the architects of our own brains (and the importance of brain health) in Building a Better You.

Dr. Shock writes that for overweight or elderly women, Walking 3 times 50 Minutes a Week Keeps the Doctor Away. Now where did I put those Reeboks….

Dean over at The Back Pain Blog addresses questions about forward bending and sit-ups in, Sit-ups and the Herniated Disc. Touching on the risk factors associated with bending forward, he shares what he considers the proper way to do the sit-up.


NASCAR is safer than it has ever been, but injuries still happen. Marcos Ambrose suffered a broken ankle this season, and it isn’t unusual for the guys to race when they are sick.

Jolie Bookspan at The Fitness Fixer has written an wonderful post on Fixing Foot Drop. I always thought foot drop was a complication of bed rest, but there is much more to it. Great information!

Laurie at A Chronic Dose says: “I love sports but it’s not often they collide with discussions of chronic illness and managing a career. This week I talk about Rocco Baldelli, (Politics, Sports…and Chronic Illness?)the Tampa Bay Ray who has mitochondrial disease, and what his prime time struggle means for patients with rare diseases.” Couldn’t have said it better myself!


Dale Jarrett retired from NASCAR this year and now educates viewers as a commentator for ESPN.

Dr. Sudeep Bansal of Medicine and Man submits an educational, poignant and powerful post and videos on the HIV/AIDS epidemic entitled AIDS: Mortality in Numbers and Pictures. A powerful presentation.

Erica Kain, a fertility blogger at Poked and Prodded tells what it was like to find out she was actually pregnant in My Miscarriage Was Misdiagnosed. It’s rare, but she give good information on how to be sure before you have a D&C.

Paul Auerback at Medicine for the Outdoors discusses the need for recognition and rapid evaluation of stroke symptoms, including a basic neuro assessment review in Rapid Treatment for a Stroke.

Cogito ergo sum (“I think, therefore I am.”) T. from Notes of an Anesthesioboist looks at Descartes and mind vs. matter in Descartes’ Bones.

Nancy at Teen Health 411 takes a look at the influence of porn on our teens in Book Review: The Porning of a Generation. A serious issue for those of us who are raising teens or working with teens.


Mark Martin is a well-respected racing veteran who is still on the circuit. (And only Mark Martin could get away with wearing a Viagra-sponsored suit!)Here are some posts from “veterans” (and soon-to-be veterans) of the health-care circuit.

Jordan from wrote a six-part story entitled “Obsession”. In In My Humble OpinionCommentary, written afterward, he mulls over what it means to be a physican…to “do no harm” when everything you do has that potential.

Anna Burkhead is a “veteran-to-be” as a medical student in North Carolina. She writes for The Differential at Medscape Med Students. Anna takes time to appreciate and marvel at her teammates in healthcare On the Bus.

Soon-to-be Doctor Rveblade at Twenty-Four Hour People muses on med school and his future as he approaches boards in Digging in For the Final Stretch.

Nick Jacobs discusses What Will I Miss as a Hospital CEO at Hospital Impact, by looking at what he has taken from many different fields.


Now Michael Waltrip may have problems keeping his car off the wall, but he is known for his sense of humor. So are these bloggers!

How to Cope With Pain sends a light-hearted post about invisible pain. Take time to smile as you read 10 ways Invisible Can Be Funny.

Steven Spielberg, eat your heart out! Doc Gurley has written, directed and stars in a cinematic masterpiece! Emergiblog is proud to host the premier of the… Lost Tampon Video! To avoid aspiration, please do not eat or drink while viewing.

Peter over at Medical Pastiche has learned many things about medicine from film and he recounts them in Medicine in Media: Airplane! While you are there, check out the beta-blocker kitteh and the hyperkitteh!

Karin from Nurse’s Life Blog sends in the cutest story of a patient in Cute as a Pea Wise Old Lady. I nearly choked on my diet Pepsi at the end! : D


Well, it looks like Kasey Kahne has won the Emergiblog Grand Rounds 500!

I mean, did you ever doubt it!

It’s been great hosting once again and I hope you enjoyed getting to know a few of the men I spend Sunday afternoon with!

Next week, Grand Rounds will be hosted at my cohort, colleague and co-conspirator Mother Jones’ locale at Nurse Ratched’s Place.

See you then!

October 23, 2008, 5:02 pm

Hangin’ With Johnson and Johnson

I’m back!

It was a whirlwind trip to beautiful Orlando, Florida to speak at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Communications Conference.

I had an absolute blast!

I’m standing here with my co-panelist Lisa Emrich, author of Brass and Ivory, her blog about life with multiple sclerosis. She also runs the Carnival of MS Bloggers and writes for Health Central on MS issues. That’s in addition to being a professional musician and music instructor (and I thought I was busy!)!


The speech went well, but I did forget one minor thing:

When you are giving a Powerpoint presentation, advance the slides! I got so into what I was saying, I forgot to press the clicker!

It is very surreal to see your name on a twenty-foot screen, I should have gotten a picture of it.

I was very nervous before and was shaky after, but during the actual talk, I was fine. I just started talking and before I knew it my ten minutes were up (then again, talking has never been a problem for me!). I had notes, but wound up barely using them.

And they had teleprompters! Holy cow – beautiful, huge computer screens! I didn’t need them for my talk, but it was a very cool set-up.


The communications folks at JNJ are very enthusiastic about being a part of the healthcare conversation on the web. Not just having a corporate web site, but actually participating in the blogoshere and other social media.

I would describe them as the “Apple” of JNJ. Enthusiastic about what they do, eager to engage the future of social media via the blogosphere and dedicated to the JNJ family.

I really feel dumb, though. Long ago I signed up for newsletters from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation regarding their funding for nursing education and research.

I had no idea that Robert Wood Johnson was THE Johnson of JNJ!

In fact, Johnson and Johnson has done active work in nurse recruitment through their “Discover Nursing” campaign.

They definitely have much to contribute to the healthcare conversation.

Oh! And if you are a history buff, you have got to check out Kilmer House. It’s full of stories about the history of the Johnson family and the company, including a post about disaster relief the company sent after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


The night I arrived, we had dinner at Universal Studio’s City Walk. Beautiful!

So there I am, in the city of Disney World, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Adventure – Disney, Disney, Disney.

Guess where I went?

The NASCAR Grille!

Just wait until my husband comes home and sees the two matted Kasey Kahne photos on the wall!

Hey, a girl’s gotta have a souvenir (or two) now and then!


Oh, I’ve never had to do this before, but I think I’m supposed to add a disclaimer:

DISCLAIMER: Johnson and Johnson paid for my travel plus room and board to the Conference. I have no financial interest in the company itself.

How was that?


Don’t forget Grand Rounds is here next week. Submission accepted until Monday 10:00am PDT. Send to kmcallister911 at mac dot com. I already have about ten! Whoo hoo! Keep ’em coming!

October 22, 2008, 1:57 am

Grand Rounds Back at Emergiblog

Sweet mother in heaven!

This is me in an airport at 0430 and the Starbucks is not open.

Someone must pay.

Actually, it is me who will pay as soon as they open.

I’d say “good morning” but I haven’t been to bed.

I think I’m running on pure, unadulterated adrenaline.


But, the good news is that Grand Rounds will be hosted here, at Emergiblog next week!

No theme, just send your best postings and I’ll put them in around an extra-special, one-of-a-kind theme I’m dreaming up as we speak.

Because I’m always late in getting a Grand Rounds post in, I shall have a deadline of Monday morning at 10:00 am.

So no excuse, you can write your post on Sunday!

Send to me at kmcallister911 at mac dot com.

This is gonna be fun!

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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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