A Walk In The Park

by Robert Schnell The 54 year old male came to the hospital for an elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. You know, gall bladder removal. Go in early morning, gall bladder out before noon, home before 5 PM, out bowling with friends that evening. A “walk in the park” procedure! Yeah, right! The patient goes to surgery. ItContinue reading “A Walk In The Park”

The Health Care Fortress

by Robert Schnell (Disclaimer: The following post contains profanity, gallows humor, and graphic illustrations. No warm fuzzy today. Intensive Care Nursing is not a profession for the delicate and squeamish. Bedside professionalism always. Not the case in the break room or the local watering hole after work. You have been warned.) How about the powerful,Continue reading “The Health Care Fortress”

The Last Twelve Days After Christmas

From December 25th, 2019 to January 3rd, 2020, a mere ten days, we went from “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Man, Happy New Year” to a targeted drone assassination in a sovereign country on the other side of the world. It is now twelve days after Christmas and chants “Death to America” are reportedContinue reading “The Last Twelve Days After Christmas”

What Nurses Deal With At Work

by Robert Schnell Nurses deal with body secretions, increasing violence, dysfunctional families and disease everyday at work. Many times they go home exhausted, bruised, and fatigued only to discover urine, vomit, blood and stool on their shoes, shirts, pants and even in their hair. Patients (and even coworkers) are becoming more unpredictable and violent. IContinue reading “What Nurses Deal With At Work”

Midday Palate Cleanser — Mock Paper Scissors

Evi yıkılan Papağan’ın inanılmaz tepkisi… pic.twitter.com/exdWoItMIO — Kahraman 🇹🇷 (@KahramanMemis) January 2, 2020 I need to take cussing lessons from this jerk. (Hat tip: Scissorhead Purplehead who remembers that my annual NYE resolution is to learn to curse with authenticity.) Midday Palate Cleanser — Mock Paper Scissors

My Greatest Concern: Climate Change

by Robert Schnell (tree hugger) I used to follow news about our politics, economy, unending wars, and quest for world dominance. At times I even had the topics rated from most concerning to least. All that has changed now. I believe the scientists and their reports on climate change. This is a worldwide emergency thatContinue reading “My Greatest Concern: Climate Change”

Dangerous climate is now upon Australia- Michael Mann — nuclear-news

Australia, your country is burning – dangerous climate change is here with you now , Guardian, Michael Mann 1 Jan 2020, I am a climate scientist on holiday in the Blue Mountains, watching climate change in action, After years studying the climate, my work has brought me to Sydney where I’m studying the linkages betweenContinue reading “Dangerous climate is now upon Australia- Michael Mann — nuclear-news”

Australia is Burning (Climate Change) — Mock Paper Scissors

Last night on Twitter, Scissorhead @HamishMack asked me if I had heard much about the wildfires in Australia; you see even 2K km away (over the water!) in New Zealand, they were getting the smoke! A quick trip to the Googles, and no, the news feed didn’t even have it in the top 50 stories, […]Continue reading “Australia is Burning (Climate Change) — Mock Paper Scissors”

The Place Is On Fire – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon — parallax

RDP Thursday – Puce Photo: George Mill, Mallacoota. Major fires burn across four states, two states have declared a state of emergency, the main fire in Western Australia is contained, but the east-west national road link is closed. “The Monster is on its way to us ….” Liv Casben, Bateman’s Bay. The Place Is […] TheContinue reading “The Place Is On Fire – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon — parallax”