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Updated: 2012-12-07T00:06:52.119-05:00


Dr. J,Just a brief 'Hi". Not sure how I found your...


Dr. J,

Just a brief 'Hi". Not sure how I found your blog (actually searching for the word physician but I digress). I read a few of your posts with interest, will read more as I get time. I am an Emergency Room Physician in a rural hospital in Eastern NC. I chose to return there after a hiatus in Virginia as that is where I trained. The hospital is also closer to "home" and not too far from where I taught high school and coached in my younger days. On my return I found the county hospital was purchased by a for profit company. There is tremendous pressure to admit everyone who walks through the door. Calling a sty periorbital cellulitis or a rash cellulitis is supposed to allow us to legitimately admit these people. At least there is the suggestion that we should stretch the truth. I have chosen not to play that game which makes me a target of the administration. Fortunately for me, being that this is my backyard and the other ER physicians are from much further away and the fact that I have known the other attendings for a long time gives me some protection (at present). They certainly have totally screwed up the medical profession in the past generation haven't they.

About Katrina. In the week after the hurricane as the pictures came across the TV screen, I tried very hard to join a group and volunteer my medical services in Louisiana or Mississippi. Health and Human Services, Red Cross, etc... Was told there was no longer a need, then told they were only accepting applications from groups. I finally got to go and serve last month. Not as a physician but as a house stripper (down to the bare studs) with a church group. It was a wonderful experience which I shall not forget in this lifetime. Despite the government's best efforts to destroy the city, the people of New Orleans move forward, so full of optimism and faith it was overwhelming. I'd like to go again this summer or fall.

I tend to stay away from blogging my medical experience, instead opting to journal my non-medical events. I repair sewing machines in my spare time which I am almost ashamed to admit I get more satisfaction from than working the ER.

Again, I'll read some more as I get time. Blog on.