OK. A little game first then some information on what’s going down.
I ask you to come up with some assumptions of the following patient information:
Weight: 221 lbs
BMI: 29-30 (good BMI is 18-25)
Age: late 20’s, early 30’s
Got it? So, what I want to know is what you think this patient looks like. Obese, healthy, scrawny, etc. Are they in need of a special discussion regarding weight control or are they OK? Please play along - it will be interesting to see what people think. And yes I’ll discuss this on my next post.
Anyways, I’m at the Army hospital again. I was there for surgery in November and have returned. Many things are constant (including the salacious scrub tech who winked at me during a hysterectomy - remember, I’m a married man, married man, married man) while others are completely different.
For one: the atmosphere is not as sullen since the sun is out and the weather quite pleasant. Second: the OB/GYNs are quick and efficient, thereby allowing me to get in some reading between patients. Third: the nurses still eye you with some trepidation, but are more likely to allow you to see a patient without a doc with you. And Fourth: my surgeon with whom I was paired was deployed to Iraq. I hope he’s OK.
I’ve also got a couple good friends with me up there who help pass the time. It’s been a nice break from the hell of last month despite the 160 mile round trip days I’m making. However, with this long time for driving and the typically 9-10 hour days I’ve been having trouble getting anything done outside of this. Internet connection is hard to come by since I need a special card to access any computer terminal and coordinating anything has been rather impossible. So, if you’ll please allow me some time, I promise to update as I can…just not as frequently as I have been.