Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This last surgery reminded me of the importance of listening to the patient's story. Taking the patient's history is one of the first skills acquired in medical school: you learn to ask open ended questions, focused questions, system specific questions, and learn to direct your questions based on what the patient is telling you. The patient's story should begin your differential diagnosis and in many times will make the diagnosis. Physical exam and testing should confirm what you already believe to be true. Granted there are times when things are unclear and we tend to blaim the patient as a "poor historian," but perhaps we're just not asking the right questions.
I left Crescent Lake certain of my diagnosis because of my history; I had not had a pregnancy test, ultrasound or exam. However, when seen by the doctor I felt I was convincing him that this was even a plausible diagnosis and should be considered on the differential. Maybe I was a "poor historian" from the pain I was in--but even that pain level points to a ruptured ectopic. As he started to talk about anovulatory cycles, thyroid dsyfunction and stress I finally fessed up that I was an Ob/Gyn and certain of my diagnosis. (Also, if some one shows-up in your office wearing yoga pants and a polar fleece when its 90 outside and hasn't showered for 3-4 days you better think something is seriously wrong!) While I still accepted his care plan and the right diagnosis was made I mostly wanted to know that I had been heard. That the testing was done because he believed me rather than to try to prove me wrong.
I'm finding that true with grieving as well. Sometimes the story just needs to be heard. So thank you to those that have offerred and willingly listened; it helps.
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Friday, August 13, 2010
1. The topic has to be unique to Christians.
“Hating to wait in line” is a bad topic to write about on SCL because that is not unique to Christians. Bipeds hate to wait in line. “Singing hymns while waiting in line” would fit however.
2. It has to be true.
Honesty is the cornerstone of humor. Blow it up, exaggerate it, expand it, but try to start with something that is true. Write about something that happened to you or something that is real in Christian culture.
3. It has to be fresh.
Use the google search bar above to see if we’ve already covered your idea. (And it has to be original and not already published on any other site.)
4. It has to have a twist.
Although it’s technically true that Casting Crowns are stuff Christians like, I will never write about that band. And not because I’m trying to get in good with NeedtoBreathe. There’s just no twist. Satire needs a twist. Everyone knows lots of people like Casting Crowns, the challenge is to find a different angle to write about.
5. It has to be satire, not mockery.
Don’t wound someone with your guest post. Don’t be a Christian jerk. Don’t take a shortcut to an easy laugh at someone else’s expense. Mockery is a great way to get laughs now but it removes the ability to speak love later.
6. It has to be hilarious.
Don’t send a Serious Wednesday post. Keep it satire.
7. It has to be shortish.
Aim for 500 words.
Our blog was selected. The comments range from "say hello to Georgia the Giraffe" to "Dad why do we have to sit so close to that scary animal." Click on the Caption text above to see the guest post.