As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.
-Hagar the Horrible
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
-Mark TwainUS humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
-Ursula K. LeGuin
He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed.
Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.
We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
-H. G. WellsEnglish author, historian, & utopian (1866 - 1946)
This is a super sized post because you get extra videos and extra quotes today. The videos are from Dr. Mossaud. I love videos that show a little slice of Kabul. The first one is the long version of a Buzkashi game. I also included a shorter version on the video in case it takes too long to download. It is so funny because from my impression it looks like a ton of people are gathered around another big group of people riding horses all huddled in a circle. Someone grabs a dead decapitated goat in an attempt to bring it to the other end of a field. In the process, the group of men on horses charge towards the crowd that runs away like a matadors being chased by a bulls.
The other video a really young kid doing very hard work. I think he is pounding steel. Next to him are other people sharpening knives, etc. Of course no one is wearing eye or ear protection. The last video is a tour of bird alley. You see an old man making bird cages and you see all kinds of birds in this crowded alley.
Today I noticed a 360' difference in the quality of the patient care. I walked into the inpatient ward and every bed had sheets on them and they were all clean. The room did not smell. I asked the patients if they were satisfied with their care and they all unanimously said that they were very happy. I spoke with the head nurse and he said that everyone ended up pitching in to help out. You could tell that he was very proud of what they had achieved.
Brand new defibrillators came in the other day so I set one of them up in the ER. They were pretty user friendly. I went over the different cardiac life support algorithms and I showed the ER doctor how to use the machine. We placed electrodes on one of the assistant so we could view an actual EKG on the monitor. I was not sure how to print out a rhythm strip so I started to look through the user manual. The assistant immediately jumped off of the bed and joking said that he was through being a patient if I needed to read the manual.
A police officer was brought in by his fellow officers. He had just been dragged by a taxi that he had stopped and was trying to question. I was very impressed to see that the ER doctor actually filled out a standardized form requesting an x-ray. He also showed me an excel spreadsheet where he kept all kinds of patient statistics. Things have really started to come together.
I received a great Christmas present from my day care provider today. It was one of those gifts that you have to run back into your home to rescue when your house is on fire. It came with a dictated letter from my 4 year-old daughter. Here are parts of it:
I love you. Happy Christmas! I goed to Bethany's birthday. I like when you are home. I know that you miss me. I miss you too. Goodbye. I love you.
Thanks for reading.