I won't remember anything about Beaker training when we go live in October but. I passed the test. So there is that. Such as busy post call Monday and Tuesday. We had medical executive committee last night in the basement of Cheers. About twenty chiefs showed up to celebrate Anthony Bennett, who is the retiring CMO after 13 years. David Shenker took over. I hate that the committee is on Monday, told that to Kathy Parnell, and was frustrated to have to go to a dinner post call.
But it was fun. I walked in at 6:05 after an Uber and the long table was full. Where do I sit? I asked. There was a round table adjacent to it Shenker pointed me to. So I am the red headed stepchild? No, you get to sit at the kid's table alone. LOL. Ok, I'm fine with that. Actually, he said, four people canceled at the last minute so we will make a place for you at our table. I was seated at the head next to Kathy (vice chief, hospitalist). Whew. She's a lot of fun.
We got through some orders of business after we ordered our dinner. Tasked ourselves with changing bylaws at the next meeting. Chit chatted, and then we were asked to volunteer testimonies about Anthony. Most were serious, about how he developed governance committees that revolutionized patient care. In lab, it was blood bank utilization. I said you know my retired partner Rex Bell? He used to get so miffed because I always called you Tony Bennett. It's Anthony Elizabeth! Not Tony. Someone pointed out that he died recently. I said of course I don't wish that on you! But may you sing with Lady Gaga.
Had another shadow today sent by Quinshell. First she's sent me in a year or so - she's the STEM contact at UALR. He was a gem. Affan. Youngest of three boys. His mom is a homemaker, his dad works a jewelry kiosk at the mall. His oldest brother is in psych residency at MUSC (medical university of South Carolina) and his middle brother is in med school I forget where. I tried to schedule him later in the week but he requested earlier because he leaves for Columbia, where he is a sophomore, on Thursday.
He graduated from LRCH, and recognized Cecelia, who is a year ahead of him. We met an OB/GYN in line at Boulevard who also graduated Central. I also bumped into my co-chief Shaver while showing him around - Shaver said I graduated at Central decades ago. Sounds like he wants to go into PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehab). That's Fizzy's specialty, I said, my author friend from Boston. Rangy (OB) asked him why PM&R.
I like the body, he said, and muscles and exercise. Turns out he is a bodybuilder like Jack. When you read the news and all the hell going on in the world it is refreshing to hear these success stories. The walls that are climbed. Makes me emotional.
Tumor board this morning at 7:00 - ENT - will never see Sims the same again since he wore rainbow sequined shirt at my bday party and was a big hit. He was buttoned up again with smart glasses and left early to head to the OR. But was still there by phone. I presented three of Stern's cases, some zebras. Medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. Paucicellular pleomorphic adenoma. Was transferring the pics I took at 7:30 am Monday to the jump last night at 9pm.
One day last week I was trying to wrap things up early and Sims had a late case. Oh no, I worried. Frozens? No, Jessica said, I looked it up. Some lady got a rubber bullet, I guess, from an air rifle that went through her window and got lodged in her tongue. Ugh, that sounds terrible! He's removing it. Not a cancer case, thank God.
Heading to Austin on Friday to see S's Dad and stepmom got an amazing AirBnB. Excited to meet Amanda's baby Braxton he's as cute as a button. Just checked in on Mom and Dad hurricane heading their way I think they are prepared. They are planning to move back to Little Rock (the more hurricanes the sooner). Elise told me today that the reason she didn't settle in LA was bc her grandmother's home was destroyed by a hurricane and she has weathered so many during her life in LA that she decided to make camp in a place that can be a safe haven for people to evacuate to. I presented her at med exec last night, admin is excited to meet her. Happy Day, much love, Elizabeth