Report of 15 Aug 2016
Happy Independence Day to all - 15 August. Every time I return to the homeland, I feel awe to be able to do that. So many cannot. I love living in a free country.
We are well and hope the same with you. This was my week off and spent watching the Olympics, skewed though coverage was: they even showed the American gymnastics team *waiting* to perform. Sheesh. In that time, a portion of the dazzling talent produced by other countries could have been shown. But no.
This was my week off and a lot of of errands were run, as well as movies watched. Surprisingly, I have fallen asleep at movies on Tuesdays; I think work is so exhausting that the first day off - Tuesday - provides the first chance of relaxing. Usually, movies are a favorite pastime and I have never fallen asleep during one, prior to this year.
We saw Navin last weekend, which was fun as always, and then travelled to Columbus, OH, to see college friends Craig, Cathy and Mike. That was a grand time. Yesterday, we got together with Shilpa and Ravi Mallur, and their kids, Keerthi, Surya and Akash. That was also fabulous. Getting together with good friends and family is panacea.
Work was good. The portion of young people dabbling in illicit drugs is on the increase, I fear. We had a young patient admitted with air in his chest; not his lungs, where air belongs, but the chest. His urine drug screen (UDS) was positive for methamphetamine. Something had happened to puncture a hole either in his esophagus or trachea and cause air to leak into his chest. Usually, the management is "Wait and watch." On seeing the UDS, I offered the young man some counselling by a psychiatrist; he declined, stating that the meth smoking and snorting had been "for fun." Indeed. Some fun, that. My thinking these days is that if an adult patient declines an intervention that could benefit - counselling, for instance - they are certainly entitled to, and can take the consequences that come with that decline (no pun intended).
Why are the movies these days so terrible? I am hopeful that Naren may make a good one sometime.