Mothers

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The soda was sweet, ice cold and perfect. It burned my throat as I guzzled the contents of the little eight ounce can but I couldn't stop drinking. The belch that followed was even more satisfying than the drink itself. "I haven't had a real Coke in years," I said to Brian, who tossed his […]

The Times

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"How long have you lived in Providence, Saul?" I asked. He sat on my stretcher, overcoat folded and neatly placed next to him, a copy of The New York Times , also neatly folded on top of that. "Since 1939," he said as I adjusted the flow on his IV line to a KVO rate. […]

Disabled?

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http://www.projo.com/news/content/Disability_Probe_05-04-11_2GNT330_v42.1a1b212.html Nineteen years ago I was in the 42nd Training Acadamy of the Providence Fire Department. Most of us felt blessed to be there, and worked hard, and learned what it took to be a good firefighter. Some of us already knew everything, and did as little as possible. I wish I could say that […]

Cotton

The most important part of a patient assessment, when the patient is conscious anyway, is listening to their complaints. Where is the pain? When did it start? What were you doing when it started? Does it travel? From there you can start a treatment plan based on how the patient feels. And they always feel […]

Just Wait

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Bin Laden and his band of douchebags thought they could stay in their little flea infested hole in the wall protected by another band of douchebags in a piss poor country that allows criminals and murderers to thrive and train, and laugh their smug little beards off while launching cowardly attacks on productive, peace loving, […]

When the Bell Tolls

When the bell tolls, it’s time to put our problems on a shelf and get in the truck and go. The people who call us have problems of their own to deal with, and do not need a depressed, disgruntled or judgmental person showing up at their side. Case in point: A friend felt sick, […]

Recovery

We gathered in the head of neurosurgery's office, my mom, two sisters, brother Bob and myself, along with Dr. Cotter. He was the best, we were told, and just may well have been. He certainly was nice enough. "He's a good man, I didn't want to leave him paralyzed. We did all we could, the […]

Sponges

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Speaking of books and reading, I’ll be at The Broad Street School this morning reading something to a bunch of third grade students. If ever you are concerned about the state of our society, and think today’s kids are wild and out of control and just plain bad and disrespectful, I suggest you spend a […]

The Case of the Tweaked Nipple

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"Dr. Watson! To the coach, the game is afoot!" ""Has a heinous crime occurred?" "Perhaps, the investigation is already underway. Our reconnaissance team has discovered a twenty-nine year old male, unconscious in the ladies room of the local Burlesque!" "I do enjoy the Burlesque, Mr. Holmes." "Elementary, My Dear, Watson, Elementary!" We drove to the […]

Daily Smiles

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It was a Monday, people lost in their own worlds, automatons on auto-pilot, going through the necessary routine we call life.

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