As this is published I am finishing the last day of a 12 day stretch covering my partner while he is off trying to get MDRTB and typhoid fever. He is in India. I may have to autoclave him when he returns before I let him in the hospital. Double the work means double the fun, but free time goes down by the power. Same thing happens with the kids. If you have two kids, the work squares, three kids, the work cubes. A linear change in one domain leads to exponential change in other domains. I am sure that phenomena has a name that one of our readers will know.
I lack the mad typing skills of other contributors and it usually takes me at least a week to carefully construct the spelling errors and grammatical faux paux for which I am justly famous. And then I have to come up with content to surround the faulty English. This week I have little time and so a ‘fun’ post.
When I make rounds it is not unusual for people to ask questions about their health and their family. I learned long ago to ask why they want an answer to a particular question so I do not inadvertently offend a colleague. When I offend I like to be advertent. Years ago I was asked what I thought of hyperbaric oxygen, and I replied that it is great for the bends but otherwise mostly serves to enrich the hyperbaric doctors. Why do you ask? I am the new director of the hyperbaric program, was the reply. Open mouth and insert foot.
So recently a nurse asked me if duct tape would remove warts. Wary, I asked why, and she showed me a huge wart on her hand. I have used duct tape for many purposes; few home repairs cannot be (temporarily) accomplished with duct tape. But treating warts? Do you use the tape as a way to yank the wart out by its roots? Got me. I gave my best Gallic shrug and went looking for information. (more…)