Episodes

November 23, 2021

Like Morphine Through an IV Drip…

Strolling through the hallways of my memory, I came across some good and not-so-good recollections of my childhood and teenage years watching soap operas. It all started with a contemptuous conversation about SOAP notes, an a...

November 09, 2021

I-Robot???

Usually, at the beginning of a dystopian movie where machines team up to wipe out humanity from the face of the earth, someone says something like: "I want machines to do what we want them to do, and I want us not to be ensla...

October 26, 2021

Boo-ray for Hollywierd

These are exciting days for me as Halloween gets closer. It has always been my favorite holiday, even more than Christmas, even more than my own birthday. Unfortunately, as I haven't worked a single Halloween my entire life, ...

October 12, 2021

A USMC Goat and A Sugar Cookie

The emergency room is definitely one of the few places where horror and humor can exist in the same space at the same time. However, it is not the only place where that can happen; a warzone is another excellent example, with...

September 28, 2021

Florence Nightingale, the Wiggles, and an Apple walk into a bar…

It might sound unbelievable after all we've suffered in the last couple of years, but many people seem to ignore the importance of washing their hands. After seeing people walking out the door instead of to the sink after usi...

September 14, 2021

A Spoonful of "sugar"???

A contemptuous scrolling on social media drove me to an ad that called my attention. This sponsored ad, which was trying to sell a serial-killer-torture-device-like artifact, an earwax remover, made me think about old remedie...

August 31, 2021

My #1 Mother-In-Law

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming my first ever guest to the show, Pat Bocchino. I've known her since I was 15; she is my mother-in-law, mother of my ex-husband (so outlaw, I guess...), and one of the main reasons I bec...

August 17, 2021

Dead Dick, Medic-s'plaining, & The Four Humors

In the last episode, we spoke about civilians arguing about symptoms and diagnoses with doctors, which is both irritating and dangerous. Today, we touch on one of mansplaining's relatives, "medic-s'plaining," which I think is...

August 03, 2021

Paging Dr. Goog L. Webb, MD

Although I admit I find a certain level of satisfaction witnessing a conversation between a doctor and a civilian regarding self-diagnosis, I must point out that typing symptoms into a search engine looking for a diagnosis is...

July 20, 2021

Laughter, Literature, and Lunacy

Some years ago, somewhere between our parents' and grandparents' childhood, medicine was entangled with spells, talismans, and mysticism. Those were different times; people were tougher sometimes for lack of a better option, ...

July 06, 2021

Coffee or a Cattle Prod?

Going through my inbox, I bumped into an email about time management I usually ignore, and after reading it, I realized I wasn't wrong by ignoring it. However, the reading stimulated some interesting thoughts about the time w...

June 22, 2021

Three (Thousand) Landscapers and a Funeral

I'm almost positive that if night shifters were a species, landscapers would be their natural enemies. And if I may go a little further, I would say that at least three thousand of them live in my street. However, this can be...

June 08, 2021

Open Mic Night (Shift)

Humor comes in all shapes, sizes, diagnoses, tests, people, and so forth; we only need to find it - and when we do, we can improve our mood and the mood of everyone around us. I've learned that very early in my career, and it...

May 25, 2021

Who Flunks Washing Their Hands?!

Very early in my nursing career, I've learned that there are some things the only way to deal with is to chuckle about them. After all, laughing at ourselves for being cracked airheads is better than having a meltdown in fron...

April 27, 2021

What the H@#% is WRONG with You?!

Having a sense of humor (be it mild or dark) when coping with sometimes extreme stressors that were “conveniently” left out of the job description on purpose, is actually good for you! Why? Because, SCIENCE!! Welcome to Overn...