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Out With the Old …

Filed under: Real Life — DRJ @ 3:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

… and in with the New Year.

Our family will be spending one of the first days of 2009 in the surgical waiting room as our son meets his yearly deductible in record time!

Best wishes to everyone for a happy and hopefully healthy New Year.


30 Responses to “Out With the Old …”

  1. Nothing too serious, I hope…

    Scott Jacobs (90ff96)

  2. Well, that sounds a little disturbing – hope everything’s OK.

    Dmac (eb0dd0)

  3. Thank you for your concern. He has a broken bone from an accidental fall. They say he will be fine but it means I will be unavailable for a few days.

    DRJ (1a6fbf)

  4. Good luck to him and that he heals quickly. Happy New Year to you and all.

    Peter (e70d1c)

  5. Please accept a prayer from one of those nasty old scientists on behalf of you and your family. I hope that your son heals quickly, and that the season is bright regardless.

    Everyone here has the highest respect for you and I know that I can speak for us all when I wish you and your family every good thing.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  6. Best wishes to you and yours for the New Year, DRJ. I hope your waiting time is short, anxiety manageable, and your son has hot nurses.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  7. What everyone above said. Happy New Year to everyone.

    Old Coot (f036b5)

  8. I hope your waiting time is short, anxiety manageable, and your son has hot nurses.

    DRJ, if your son does have hot nurses would you mind snapping and posting a photo or two?

    JVW (bff0a4)

  9. Daley, I hope you are being openminded and gender neutral regarding the nurses comment.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that, to quote Seinfeld.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  10. Daley, it is like the old Sufi story: a fellow has one wish from a djinn. He wishes to be a man in a harem.


    There he is, in a harem, holding a sword.

    Again, DRJ, all the best to you and your family.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  11. Happy New Year to all. DRJ, I pray everything goes well for you and your family.

    Stu707 (7fb2e7)

  12. Good luck on that. Get well.

    Joe (dcebbd)

  13. Tarantino explains why Top Gun is the gayest movie ever.

    H/T: The Corner

    You would expectwd Sully to post this, and he would have if someone suggested Kelly McGillis was Sarah Palin.

    Joe (dcebbd)

  14. And Happy New Year to all.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is not always an approaching train, and there is beauty and wonder to match the veniality and ugliness in our world.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  15. Happy new year everyone!

    Best of luck with the surgery.glad it’s not serious.

    carlitos (13b1ca)

  16. Oooh, you’d better hope they don’t count it toward your 2008 deductible.

    Sorry about your boy’s bone. I know you’ll take good care of him.

    MayBee (5b642f)

  17. Happy New Year to you and yours. I hope your son is on the mend and feeling better asap. As far as moms go, Barbara Billingsley prolly has nothing on you – with or without a law degree!

    Vermont Neighbor (ceab4f)

  18. Happy New Year best of luck to your boy. BTW there are plenty of hot Male RNs’ so maybe Mrs.DRJ would want to take a few pics of her own.
    (Us Ortho RN’s are pretty well built ya’ know.) LOL

    pitchforksntorches (4dd8c4)

  19. Happy New Year. This is the busiest time of year for surgeons and operating room nurses. I’m waiting to see what time Cindy finally gets loose today. It was supposed to be four o’clock.

    She runs the OR in the local hospital (and trauma center) and her stories would make a book. A lot of her experiences would do well in a medical version of Dilbert. Because she does not have a bachelor’s degree, she gets a series of incompetent supervisors who spend their time in meetings and with Excel spreadsheets trying to increase productivity while she tries to keep the place running. It is hilarious for me because I get to be a fly on the wall. Thank god I don’t have to do cases anymore.

    Every morning we get up at 5 and her cellphone rings five minutes later with a list of the people who called in sick this morning. She rearranges rooms from memory, gets everybody assigned and then goes into work where she is criticized on her evaluation for not attending enough meetings.

    Happy New Year from a retired surgeon.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  20. God bless, best wishes for a speedy recovery

    EricPWJohnson (5a816b)

  21. Hey, VN? Remember Barbara Billingsley in “Airplane!”?

    It’s low humor, but her scene interpreting jive always makes me laugh.

    JD would condemn me instantly.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  22. Dr. K., if you haven’t seen Terry Gilliam’s movie from the 1980s, “Brazil,” it is worth your time. Bureaucracy gone utterly insane.

    By the way, administrators and meetings are why aliens never developed interstellar flight. It’s the answer to Fermi’s Paradox.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  23. DRJ: My best wishes to you and your family, and here’s hoping that your son heals in record time.

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  24. Happy New Year to everyone here, and DRJ, take care of yourself and your son. May the wait be short and the recovery quick. Your time and efforts here on behalf of the many readers is always appreciated. Thank you.

    Dana (137151)

  25. A good and prosperous New Year to all of you, and a refuah shelemah (complete and quick healing) for your son, DRJ.

    And to all Christians who keep the Church calendar in the good all fashioned way, allow me to say,
    Happy Brit-day, Jesus! (62ed84)

  26. The two good medical movies that I sometimes show students are “Hospital” with George C Scott from the 1970s and “The Doctor” with John Hurt. Both are excellent although The Hospital is a bit dated now. Both show the bureaucracy. Most administrators dislike doctors. We are far too independent and goal oriented. Both are deadly to bureaucracies. Good nurses are the same way and tend to get pushed aside by drones who follow the rules. I suppose it is the same in any organization. For similar reasons the Big Army hates Special Forces.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  27. Hey Dr. Mike…
    In the battle of physicians v. administrators, where do you weigh in on “House”?

    …and, Have a Happy New Year, one and all!

    Another Drew (wwbkaADitcy) (1b7d77)

  28. Happy New Year, and thanks for all your postings here. Hope your son heals up quickly!

    Patricia (89cb84)

  29. Happy New Year to the Patterico crew – and wishing a safe and healthy ’09 for all – especially DRJ and her family.

    Apogee (fd4142)

  30. My best wishes for your son’s recovery, DRJ, and Happy and Healthy New Year to you, your family, all our other fine hosts, and my fellow readers and commenters. The doctors and lawyers too.

    nk (d08690)

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