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    Monday, January 28, 2013
    Flu B Gone

    The flu has hit. Some years it's not so bad, some years it's worse. We don't have tents out in the parking lot or anything, but it sure has been busy around here. Today my suitemate and two nurses are out and I have the feeling it's going to be a bad day... a long, bad day.

    On those days you grasp at anything to cheer yourself up. Like today, when I was ordering antiviral for yet another patient down with influenza and typed "Tamifly" instead of Tamiflu. (That's oseltamivir for you pedants out there.) Doesn't that sound like a much cooler name? A whole marketing campaign sprang to life in my head, fully formed.

    Don't be flu. Be fly. With Tamifly.
    Fly above the flu. Tamifly can help you too!

    More coffee. I need more coffee...


    Saturday, January 05, 2013
    "As God Is My Witness, I'll Never Go Hungry Again!" Said the Dieter

    So I'm counseling a patient on weight loss. She mentioned that she goes to a fair number of social functions and has to eat what she's served there; which is often a problem.

    "You could always do a Scarlett O'Hara and eat before you go," I suggested.

    She looked blank. "Huh?"

    "Surely you know your Gone With the Wind?" She didn't.

    "Well, early in the book Scarlett O'Hara is getting ready to go to a barbecue at a plantation nearby. Apparently in those days ladies weren't supposed to have an appetite, or to eat much in public. So she eats a whole meal before she goes to the barbecue. Then she gets there, and the host is serving wonderful food that nobody's eating, and it's just like Beverly Hills!"

    She laughed with delighted recognition. That she got. And if I'm lucky, I may have even inspired her to read Gone With the Wind. (If you haven't, do give it a try; it combines the best qualities of the soap opera and the historical novel.)

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