Friday, February 25, 2005


OK, I heard they were making a movie version of Dukes of Hazzard, but now I have photographic evidence, including Jessica Simpson as Daisy. Now I'm having internal conflict. At least she's from Texas and at least Johnny Knoxville is from, well, Knoxville.
Pain is good, right?

What is up with this rash of everyone have dental problems? Being a trend follower, I thought I'd join in. Having already had my wisdom teeth removed about 10 years ago, I decided to go another route. Apparently I had an area in my mouth, that despite appropriate attention with brushing and flossing, was especially susceptible to cavity formation. Wait, let me rewind this story. Remember that I was taking the last stage of the medical licensure exam, which is 2 days? On the night between the two days I developed "the toothache" which kept me up all night. Luckily, I'm accustomed to holding real patients' fates in my hands with no sleep and with some sort of headache 75% of the time, so the patients on the test fared well.

It's strange being a patient, even for the dentist, at the place where you work. Luckily, I didn't draw a resident dentist, but actually got the head of the clinic. I'm not sure if that was dumb luck or if someone actually read the paperwork stating that my place of employment was up two flights of stairs and down the hall. It's nice though paying $0 for services, not even a co-pay. I've always heard that root canals are painful, but honestly, I hardly felt a thing. And it was nice that the guy explained that apparently my tooth had a second root system and some sort of gap that predisposed it to having problems. Strangely enough, that's fine, because I'd rather be an anatomical freak than unhygienic. They always said I's special. My pain is nowhere near the magnitude of Claudia's but I was humored when the guy instructed me on what "prescription-strength" ibuprofen meant, followed by, "oh yeah, you know that, nevermind, didn't mean to talk down".

Thus, between my lovely day, and the fact that Heather got no sleep last night and went to bed at 3pm and did not wake up for pizza and will likely sleep until tomorrow morning, one can understand my enthusiasm expressed in the post immediately below this one.
Welcome to Hazzard County

I imagine that most readers of this do not watch the cable channel CMT very often and nor do we. However, this weekend is a Dukes of Hazzard Ride Again weekend. Time to fire up the DVR. Hot damn. And enjoy some tasty Abita. Liquor Barn now carries Bock, in addition to Amber, Purple Haze, and Turbodog. Life is good.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Almost football season (optimistically forward-looking)

The nice thing about NCAA 2005 is that it's always college football season. I have ventured into dynasty mode and the Auburn Tigers are now 20-0 since I started, basically consisting of average wins of about 30-0. I graduated the unstoppable backfield of 2004 (Williams, Brown, Campbell) and replaced it with more of the same. In the interest of making the game slightly more challenging, I use only the highest level of difficulty and recruit only in-state players. Needless to say, I've got some of the worst tight ends and receivers around. But I am bringing back the wishbone. Once this becomes tiresome I've decided how to get a real challenge. Dynasty mode with Kentucky. Eww.

I really do have a job, I swear. There is only so much reading on CADASIL that once can do at one time. It's my current award holder for favorite acronym (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy). Say that ten times fast.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Winter of Discontent

I appear to be back in a blogging mindset. During February, I haven't been particularly busy as residency goes. Which means that I've been doing things besides sitting in front of a computer.

I am on my second "easy" rotation in a row, which means I have had plenty of time to study for "Step 3". The last and final installment of the exams required for medical licensure in the United States. Assuming that I pass and that the Kentucky State Medical Board (ie, some old men that meet in Frankfort every now and then) doesn't find something horribly wrong with my application, then I will be officially licensed to practice. I bet you didn't know that interns don't technically have a license. Nice to know, huh? It's actually quite exciting to be getting past this step as well.

So this exam that I'm taking this week is a 2-day test covering all aspects of medicine, including pediatrics, ob/gyn, surgery. Somewhat intimidating because it covers all fields, despite the fact that interns are already immersed in only their one field of specialization. That is, I have done only internal medicine and neurology for the past year and Heather has done only pediatrics for the past year, our test is identical. Lovely.

Luckily, it is almost entirely common sense. Or I should say, it seems like common sense after medical school and a year of residency.

What else is going on? Check this shit out. UK has been participating in a new drug study (as well as drug delivery system which is just as important) that can actually stop the progression of Parkinson's Disease, at least over the 2 year study period. Unfortunately the company Amgen pulled out of the trial because of cerebellar lesions that were of no known clinical significance in the non-human primate wing of the study.

Friday, February 04, 2005


I drove both to work and home from work during daylight today. First time that that has happened in weeks, I think. In case one can't tell, I've been busy.
Rest now, blog later