President Barack Obama

Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take.

That’s the prayer my ex-wife taught to our daughters. We still say that prayer every night at bedtime. Now that the election is over, McCain has conceded and we have a new president elect, we should all pray. The next president is going to be faced with challenges not faced by any president since FDR and the great depression.

This is not simply an issue of race. Granted, the US has elected it’s first black president, but if this were any other country in the world, the color of the elected official’s skin would not have been an issue. Now that he is our president elect, he will be scrutinized more closely than any other. Again because the color of his skin and not the tough job that lies ahead. He inherits a mess that any president would have a hard time trying to manage. Let’s cut the guy a break from the racial issue, give him the benefit of the doubt and see what he’s made of.

I also realize that many blacks (African-Americans) will be holding high hopes that this president will pay special attention to the plight of his kind. But if he does , is he any better than any other president who may have ignored or paid special attention to a particular group or people? He would be placing a blemish on his accomplishment if he does. I hope blacks are not disappointed if he takes the high road and treats all of us the same. I think that is all that Martin Luther King, Jr. ever wanted. And all people, white and black, who sacrificed themselves for equality of any kind. Hopefully, this president will be able to do that for us without being condemned for it.

Congratulations, Mr. President.

Doc B

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Vote

It’s that simple. No rants. No raves. If you can’t act like a natural born citizen, raised in the US, reaping the benefits bestowed upon you by the greatest country in the world, well…. Act like an immigrant who has struggled to get here and attain citizenship. They are some of the most grateful citizens you will ever meet and probably the first in line to vote this morning.

GO VOTE. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Doc B

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Enough Already!!!

I thought my last post was good enough to cover the barrage of advertising we are all being bombarded with, but I was wrong. If you recall, I explained that I don’t typically use my home phone and prefer to use my cell. A lot of us are of a similar thought. Since I don’t use it, I don’t usually check for messages. If you know me, you call my cell. But, when I got home today I checked the phone and the caller ID and saw four missed calls since I left for work this morning. One of them was my mother, and she did try my cell, and we had a nice conversation. The others I didn’t recognize so I decided to check the messages to see if there was anything important.

I dialed into my voicemail and the very pleasant but monotone, female, computer generated voice asked for my password. I entered it obediently, like I always do and was told by my unsexy female friend that I had 16 unheard messages. 16!!!! I’ve never had so many messages, ever. Not even on my business line after I’ve been on vacation for a week. I punched #11 to get my messages and guess what?

Those sixteen messages were from Oct 28 until today. Of the 16 messages, 11 were political. Most were presidential calls. I even got one from Sarah Palin herself. I’d like to think she took the time to call me personally, but I’m pretty sure it was recorded. I got one of those calls from GW in 2004 too. Told my kids I was important and that the president was calling me directly to ask for my support. I even let them listen to the message. Boy were they impressed!

When you add the three that I received in rapid succession yesterday, that is a total of fourteen out of nineteen phone calls that were political advertisements. Twelve of the fourteen were related to the presidential election. How much more of this can we take? I am so fed up with the whole process that I can’t imagine how each candidate’s supporters must feel. After all of this is over, they’ll all need a stiff drink, then go over into a corner somewhere and pass out for a few months. Actually, that sounds like a good idea right now.

When it’s all said and done, more than 2 billion dollars will have been spent on this election. All of us have had our senses saturated, invaded, bombarded, abused, molested and violated by the most disgusting presidential advertising campaign to date. I hope that there is actually such a thing as true campaign finance reform that someone proposes in congress after the election. And someone will bring it up. Not because it is the right thing to do , but because Obama kicked McCain’s butt raising money, giving him the most lopsided advertising blitz we have ever seen.

I just hope they add campaign robot calls to the no call list. Everything else I can ignore.

Doc B

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Obama’s Money is Buying My Misery; Enough Already!

Earlier one of my posts dealt with the amount of money each of the candidates and their respective parties had raised for the 2008 election year. Disgusting to say the least. As of the date of this post, the airwaves, and our senses, are being saturated with political advertising, local and national, Obama and McCain. Most I can tolerate, but they got on my last nerve tonight.

Southwest Ohio is experiencing an unusual warm stretch the weekend just before the election. Temperatures hovered near teh low 70’s and not a drop of rain on the horizon. I took this opportunity to work outside and actually went for a ride on my motorcycle (with a helmet) dressed only in t-shirt and jeans. The slight nip in the air was perfect. Upon arriving home I decided that this was an ideal day to take advantage of the warm weather and get another day of use out of my grill. I thawed out a nice ribeye steak that I had bought on sale earlier last week. Just as I was ready to sit down and enjoy my perfectly grilled steak…..

Of course the phone had to ring. I, like many people, use my cell phone as my primary phone. Anyone who knows me, knows to try my cell phone first. That means that if my home phone rings, either my cell phone isn’t working (everyone tries my home number as a back up to my cell) or I don’t know you. The offender who was interrupting my dinner today fell into the latter category.

Caller ID has allowed us to pre-screen our phone calls so we can pick and choose who we wish to talk to, before we even answer the phone. We are so accustomed to it on our cell phones that we can give a name, instead of just their number, to our frequent callers. The name shows up on the screen and again, we can decide whether or not to answer. Just like my home phone, if I don’t know the number , I don’t answer.

Back to dinner. I let the phone ring until it went to voicemail and then checked to see who it was. The toll free number, 877-622-6264, was in the caller ID display, but without any additional information. Since they left no message, I ignored it and sat down to enjoy my hot, juicy, delicious steak. Not more than 2 bites into my meal, the phone rang again. Guess what? Same number again. This time I answered. I was sure it was some sales call (despite being on the infamous “No Call” list) invading my Saturday evening dinner time and was ready to tear into them and say “No thank you. Please don’t call me again and take me off your list”. As soon as I answered and said “Hello” an obviously recorded voice began speaking about Barack Obama! I screamed into the phone; “Stop it!! Leave me alone!!” and hung up.

I took two slow deep breaths trying to calm down and relax before taking the much anticipated next bite of my steak. Proper digestion deserves a calm and relaxed consumer of a wonderfully prepared meal. As I relaxed and began enjoying my steak, you will never believe what happened. You guessed it! Another call from the same 877 number. This time I ignored it again and didn’t allow it to ruin the moment. I finished my steak (which I enjoyed immensely despite the Obama invasion into my meal time), then headed straight for my computer after cleaning my dishes.

So this is what the candidates are doing with all of the money they’ve collected? Harassing people at home, on the weekend, at dinner time, who are on the “No Call” list, not once but three times in rapid fire succession! And since Obama has more money than McCain, he is a much bigger offender. I think that this individual, direct to consumer type of advertising, may have the exact opposite effect than what the purveyors of this nuisance wanted. I was so frustrated and angry at this unwanted intrusion into my home, that it left me with an overall bad feeling for Obama.

I’m being bombarded with political advertising in my email, on my TV and radio, placards in yards and on roadsides, and billboards. But the main difference is that these are passive forms of advertising. I can choose to ignore them. They do not require my participation in any way shape or form. By calling my home they have come uninvited, invading my castle and making me an unwitting participant in this year’s obnoxious orgy of the gluttony that has become a self-righteous, self serving greed of political spending.

Exactly what is the ulterior motive that would drive the candidates to be so obnoxious, so disgusting, so political that they would sacrifice friends, family, reputation and dignity? If these are the qualities of our candidates, just what do you think they would say in their adds and to the American public just to get elected?

Doc B

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Ethics in Health Care

I have a very unique and privileged position in the current healthcare environment. Not only am I blessed to be a clinician (see patients), I have the additional honor of being involved in the administrative aspect of medicine as well. Because of my unique position, I hold many committee memberships. One of those positions added recently was for my hospital’s ethics committee.

One topic discussed in most committees is the upcoming flu season. People don’t realize the planning that hospitals endure in preparation for a possible pandemic. The need for intensive care unit beds, ventilators, additional staffing requirements, etc., are discussed as much as the joint chiefs of staff may discuss their available resources for an upcoming defensive or offensive deployment.

Our recent discussion concerned the need for personnel in case of a disaster, including a flu pandemic (we are due for a true pandemic-not a media generated hysterical fake pandemic, but a real one). Our discussion centered on the response of the hospital’s staff, nursing, ancillary and even physicians. I was always under the impression that we always show up for work, regardless of our own states of health. In one of my earlier posts I even vented when I had to get up during a “snow emergency” and go to work when everyone else, including civil servant emergency personnel, stayed at home.

Our discussion turned into a real eye-opener for me. My take on the whole issue was that if my family were safe and didn’t need my immediate attention, I would be at the hospital caring for patients and staff. I’ve always wanted everyone who knows me to think of me as a regular person first, then as a physician. Being a physician was always what I did, not who I was. After our discussion, I doubt there are many people, much less physicians and healthcare personnel, who will be there when we need them.

Most members of the committee (all had been members long before me and had this discussion before) had a sense that a significant percentage of personnel would stay at home in the event of a disaster (tornado, flood, terrorist attack, flu pandemic, etc.). They have even gone so far as to plan for daycare services for employees to encourage them to come to the hospital.

The trend of non response is a direct reflection of the younger, more selfish, generation. Physicians my age and older would respond without hesitation. We are also the physicians who used to work 80-100 hours per week as residents learning to take care of patients. We were overwhelmed on a daily basis and learned to deal with the stress that comes with it. We learned to triage patients over the phone because we had seen SO MANY patients during our short careers that it became second nature to us. Common things occur commonly, and we saw many of them. Because of the large volume of patients, we also got to see many of the uncommon things first hand, not hear about them from someone else the next day. This hard work gave all of us the work ethic that most people attribute to their older physicians.

The newer , younger, physicians are the ones who, as residents, had mandated limited working hours, scheduled time off and limits on the number of patients they could care for. More technology and fewer patients means less “hands on” direct patient care and experience. These physicians have become so accustomed to the reduced working hours that they are all looking for 40 hour per week jobs, 9-5, no call and no weekends. Boy, wouldn’t that be nice?? And you know what? There is such a shortage of doctors in some areas, that some of these physicians are getting exactly what they want.

The work ethic of your parent’s doc, or maybe your own, is a thing of the past and will be dead and completely gone when I and mine retire. So when the pandemics or disasters hit, don’t be surprised if that new young doc who just graduated and moved into your neighborhood isn’t huddled at home with you.

Doc B

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