Tuesday, January 27, 2009

more radical thoughts

well, not necessarily more radical, but more thoughts. some are mine, some belong to others. i'll try to differentiate if you can't tell.
Nothing good happens after 10 pm. (many people, me, my wife, my parents, your parents...) well, it's true to this day. 
Just because you can doesn't mean you should. (again, many people, including all of the above) if people took this to heart life would be less hectic and more peaceful. especially after 10 pm.
God makes complex things simple and man turns around and makes simple things complex.  ok, this one's on me. as i'm continually faced with our tendency to make things harder and more complicated than they need to be. my friend Greg says "Christians shouldn't be into the details, because the devil is in the details."
First come up with a drug, and if necessary, we'll invent a disease.  ok, this is me again, but i had help. all the big pharmaceutical companies are doing this, whether they admit it or not. there are many 'diseases' and 'disorders' out there today that didn't exist before. a variation on this would be 'come up with a test and we'll come up with something to call the results if they're positive'.
35 miles or $35 will weed out most unnecessary doctor visits. ok, this is mine, too. not that i mind seeing lots of kids who aren't too sick, just that availability has become almost detrimental to some people. for instance: we are closed today due to weather, and this is a lose-lose situation - if open, we would have had people risk their lives on bad roads to bring in kids who don't need to be seen, and since we're closed we aren't serving our patients well.
It is easier to die for Jesus than to live for Him. a paraphrase of Oswald Chambers.
It is what it is...unless it isn't. Greg Poland. this can serve for many things and situations. when people want a definitive answer on some medical question that has not definitive answer, this works well.
Don't do the test if the result isn't going to change what you would do. me again. the healthcare consumer wants tests. they want them because they think the result is the answer to their problem, and some even think the test is the answer to their problem. i can't tell you how many times i've heard people say 'after that cat scan, i haven't had any more headaches' or variations on that theme. suggests a psychosomatic etiology to me, but hey...
It's amazing how many people survived before there were all these medicines and tests! me again. just in 25 years of finishing med school, the increase in the amount of knowledge and the numbers of tests and treatments is phenomenal. but simple things are still simple and common things still happen commonly. 

i'll come up with some more later. i just hadn't posted in a while.


JJ and Michelle Cartmill said...

I love these!! Please do more of the "random thoughts"!! You should start a journal of all of your random thoughts, and a long time from now (17 yrs to be exact-when JohnDavid is 18) and you retire, you could make them into a book! And spreaking of the random thoughts, I miss them being taped up in all the patient rooms :-)

Sarah said...

Some friends and I would like to state that in our houses, a few good things happen after 10pm...after the kids are in bed...after it is nice and quiet...

Take that how you want. :)