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Frankie Manning has passed.

Frankie Manning was one of the original Lindy Hoppers back in the 1930’s.  He was still dancing into his 90’s!


Obama Deception??

Now, I’m not a huge fan of propaganda, but I’ve matured to the point that I will consider other viewpoints.  I read Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” before he became the democratic nominee and I was ecstatic throughout the campaign, the final election, inauguration and even the first week or so hearing “President Obama” on the radio made me smile.  Also, Obama happens to be in southern California today/tomorrow.

Recently I started getting tired of hearing the same old stuff from him, wishing he could say what was really on his mind and stop passing these ridiculous financial packages.  Today I found a video explaining some of my frustration.  It may be a little overzealous, but I sense a certain amount of truth in it, namely, that Obama is simply a salesman telling the American people what they want to hear in order for the corporations to pass legislation that will ultimately benefit them, creating the World Bank and a new world order.  They compared it to Hitler, Stalin and some Chinese dictator I’ve never heard of before.  It concerns me, but I’m still not sure what I can do, so I give you the link to watch the movie for yourself.  It is almost 2 hours longs, so settle in.  Let me know what you think

Cranky Designs

I have to brag about how cool my friends are.  One of my good friend’s company was featured in Media Life Magazine.  She and her husband own Cranky Designs, which is an innovative way to advertise through wrapping (cars, elevators, port-a-potties).  They’ve been featured in a number of articles, have top-name clients and even get to travel to do their work.  I just shake my head in disbelief and smile whenever I hear something new coming along for them.  I’ve never liked advertising, but they bring it to a whole new level filled with energy and inspiration!  You can see the most recent article by following the link below.

Media Life Magazine

Medicare study

Okay.  Medicare did a study trying to decrease cost and hospitalizations of elderly patients with chronic health care problems.  They specifically studied programs where patients, “got more intensive, coordinated care. That often involved nurses who acted as go-betweens, helping doctors give patients clear, appropriate advice; counseling patients on changing bad habits and recognizing worrisome symptoms. The nurses were available on a regular basis by phone or in person to answer patients’ questions.”

Apparently  a few patients benefited who took the advice to exercise and eat better, but otherwise patients and doctors were too stubborn to change.  This is a perfect example of insanity.  They are doing the same thing and expecting a different result, the only difference is that the care was more intensive.  They are not addressing the underlying issues preventing patients from changing and doctors, well, some doctors are hopelessly stubborn.

My study would include group meetings where we would not only discuss healthy eating and effective strategies to start exercising, but we would also discuss what it means to live, patient’s religious or spiritual beliefs, and I would include non-secular Buddhist teachings.  These discussions would also include the topic of death: patient’s personal experiences with death, how they feel about dying, what level of intervention they would want, etc.  I would also provide specific exercise opportunities- walking groups, Tai Chi or yoga classes and swing dance lessons!  And ideally I would facilitate shopping/cooking classes that make eating healthy easy, fun and tasty.  And THEN I would make sure all patients received OMT either as outpatients or after being admitted to the hospital.  🙂  I’m such an idealist…

My happy art!

I (breathe)…do not (BREATHE)…have to apply for financial aid!!  Of course, my position as an intern at Southampton Hospital on Long Island, NY through the osteopathic residency match has not been confirmed yet, so I shouldn’t get too excitied.  However, my chances are really good of matching there and signing a contract before the end of February.  I actually received a call from the DO in charge of the program while I was driving across New Mexico.  How cool is that?  He was confirming that Southampton was the right place for me.  So, no more financial aid packets to fill out!  Hallelujah!  Of course, if this was all that was making me happy, it would not last long.  I’ve been incorporating the Dalai Lama’s teachings into my life with the help of Ehkert Tolle’s advice/wisdom from the “The New Earth”.  Now, in the sunny state of California, my inner light is glowing better than it ever has and I’m ready to take on the world!!  Okay, I’ll start with doing my best at my surgery rotation…  🙂

Change of direction, again.

It feels good to be posting again.  Of course, it is also a sign that I’m sure about where my life is going…

Neurology is fascinating, but do I really want to spend 4 years of my life in residency +1 year doing an OMM fellowship when all I want to do is manipulation?  While I was at Michigan State, I was impressed by many things, but something that DID NOT impress me were the “egos”.  Not everyone had an ego and the people who were intelligent enough to  qualify for ego-status, were actually the humble ones!  I went through the interview because I was there, but I have no intention of going there for residency.  I probably won’t get in anyway since the competition is fairly robust.

Sigh.  So, this leaves me scurrying around at the last minute hoping to get interviews at places I haven’t rotated.  I’ve turned my attention on to the one thing that brings me joy, a sense of satisfaction with patient encounters and what I plan on doing for the rest of my life: osteopathy.  I think it is unfortunate that the residency programs for Osteopathy are listed under the “medical term” of neruomuscular medicine (NMM).  God forbid we actually use the term osteopathy in the title…

The ironic DO difference

Observation: Medical history taking is vital for medical diagnosis and treatment, so much so that we are trained and grilled to make our presentations are concise and meaningful with a specified format.  We are initially trained to believe that we need to write down what the patients says, but as we become better trained, we learn to include the patient’s answers to our diagnosis-directed questions, trying to fit the patient’s complaint into a box.  Interestingly, osteopathic diagnosis could almost care less about the history because so often the complaint is not located near the responsible restriction.  The icing that tops it off is that DO’s are known for their ability to listen!  The irony is truly giggle-provoking!

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!  I’ll be in Cleveland, OH with a good friend of mine.  🙂

The Good side of the Republican Party

Since so many of my previous posts were political, I’m going to make this post political as well.  A good friend of mine who lives in Vermont opened my eyes to the good side of the Republican party last summer when I first discovered Obama and enjoyed discussing politics.  She said that Republicans, in their original form, were against making excessive rules and regulations, and I think this was in response to the overwhelming suppression and regulation forced on Americans by England…I have some reading to do.  ANYWAY, my point here was that I am having some desire of dysregulation of the medical system.

I’m in the midst of residency interview season and, although I love neurology, I’m having doubts about where I want my life to go and how to get there appropriately.  I daydream about how osteopathic education was when AT Still first open the American School of Osteoapthy.  I crave the simplicity of learning anatomy and manipulation and then applying this knowledge to every patient.  Sign.  I’ve also been reading a personality book and I believe I have the type of personality that can get lost in daydreams, so I try not to dwell for too long.  Why does the medical world have to be SO complicated, SO specialized and COMPLETELY run by guidelines derived from evidence-based medicine and “expert” opinion?  At times I also dream about going to another country (or the rural-est of rural locations in the US) and setting up a practice where there are no regulations, no records, no equipment; where my hands, heart and mind are the only tools I have to help people.  Oops!  There I go dreaming again.

Takin’ it back with Barack, Jack!

It appears that all my spirituality is going towards politics these days!

Hate to see the nation being run by a hack
Dig the situation that he dug in Iraq
Half the population wants to give him the sack
And now he’s lookin’ round for somebody else to attack
We need somebody great to get us back on the track

So we’re takin’ it back with Barack, Jack!

Choo Choo, Change to believe in
Woo woo, we can achieve it
Choo Choo, Change to believe in
Takin’ it back with Barack, Jack!

Now that global warming is a matter of fact
The only real question is just how to react
The new administration needs the guts to enact
Drastic legislation, leave the planet intact
We can’t be foolin’ round with some Republican Mac

So we’re takin’ it back with Barack, Jack!

Choo Choo….

He only gets his money from your regular macs
Doesn’t take a penny from some whackity PAC’s
For bringin’ folk together he’s the man with the knack
And he’ll supply the hope and inspiration we lack
Cause he’s the best we got and did I ….mention he’s black?

So we’re takin’ it back with Barack, Jack!

Who would have thought? Humor in Politics!

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