Tag: Hospital

What the Mayo Clinic can teach us about personal growth

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Last weekend, I watched “The May Clinic: Faith, Hope, and Science” by Ken Burns. I’ve always been a fan of Ken Burns’ work, and this documentary was a fascinating look into one of the greatest hospitals on earth, its history, innovation, and the people they’ve helped. At times, it was very touching.

The Mayo clinic is named after founding doctors William Mayo and his sons William and Charles. One of the things that struck me about the documentary was their commitment to learning and teaching. They made medicine collaborative. In the documentary, medical historians argue that in their day, doctors weren’t always keen on sharing what worked with other doctors out of fear that someone could just turn around and use their techniques.

Royally tricked: prank call no laughing matter

There’s a bizarre story about two Australian radio show hosts who prank called the King Edward VII Hospital in London where Kate Middleton was staying while being treated for severe morning sickness. In the skit, hosts pretend to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. They first speak with an nurse who connects the shock jocks to the ward where Kate was staying. Once the call was transferred, a nurse gave specific information as to her condition.

The prank call happened on Wednesday. Friday morning, Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who originally took the call was found unconscious, and later pronounced dead from an apparent suicide.

The story of the time I had to go to the Emergency Room

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I’ve gone to the emergency room once in my life. And it was a year ago today.

This is that story…

So last summer, for a few days, I kept having these shooting pains in my side. At times, they weren’t so bad. At other times, they were terrible. So I sought medical advice (although it was from people I know, and none of them are doctors.) I was “diagnosed” with kidney stones, appendicitis, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and a host of other ailments.

After a couple of days of these shooting pains, I decided that I shouldn’t ignore them anymore and went to urgent care.