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Grand Rounds Vol. 2 No. 43: It's all about the ladies
Welcome to Grand Rounds ChronicBabe style, where it's all about the ladies. We got a ton of excellent posts, so take some time to really work your way down the list. You won't be disappointed!
Typically, GR hosts and hostesses post follow-up comments. While we don't normally post comments on ChronicBabe, you can email them to us, and just this once we'll post them at the end of the piece.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and to Nick for organizing Grand Rounds! We're honored to be your hostess this week.
It was short. It was low-cut. It was ever-so slightly slinky. And it had to hide an insulin pump. Six Until Me tells us how she made it happen.
Why can't all health care pros look as good in scrubs as the folks on Grey's Anatomy do? Because they're tailored, people! My Life, My Pace explores the challenge of finding scrubs that fit.
Your mom always told you to wear clean underwear in case of an accident. In the U.K., police are concerned that binge drinking young ladies may fall down and expose their undergarments. Their misguided advice: be sure to wear clean undies and be waxed. Health Psych wonders what they're thinking.
Dr. Wes tells a great story about stress tests, Sybaris Pool Suites, and how Viagra helped both a husband and his wife (and her headache) enjoy their romantic weekend.
A registered nurse at Scared to Health is 49 and proud of it. "I don’t dress to impress. But I also don’t dress in old-lady or baggy clothes." You go, girl!
You are so phat!
Did you know that vaginas can be fat? We sure never considered it. Navelgazing Midwife offers us an intimate look at what it's like to have a fat vagina.
Medical Humanities wonders, "If somebody is happy in their overweight body, then who are we to judge them as unhealthy & paternalistically instruct them to lose weight regardless of whether they want to or not?" Join the discussion.
A little help from our friends
Fixin' Healthcare admonishes us to build better social networks, especially to promote better health. Women already know how to do this, he says. Men: get crackin'!
Even after treament ends, patients still need their support networks, says Stacy of TMJ Friends. This is especially true after surgery, when you're supposed to be "cured."
Kerrie at The Daily Headache never meant to be a housewife, and now that she is one by default, she juggles pain and exhaustion to do it "right."
Diabetes Mine looks at chronic partners in her new series "The Diabetic Partner Follies," in which partners of PWDs (people with diabetes) get to tell their stories.
She got good at being a ChronicGirlfriend. Now she just has to work on being a ChronicWife. Laurie at A Chronic Dose looks at the ins and outs of a Chronic Marriage.
She juggles meals to keep them both in balance. He goes low in a supermarket aisle and what she subsequently learns, she uses in her own struggle. Learn how a couple with diabetes makes it work from Tales of My Thirties.
...and husbands. One man's wife refuses to authorize blood transfusions because of her faith, and Dr. Hebert tries not to judge.
Hey, how 'bout a little compassion over here!
Helping an elderly patient cope with her rapidly fading eyesight is part of "the art of just being there," says the Fine Art Doctor. Sometimes, he explains, medical care is more than we learn in med school.
Emergiblog writes about having a little compassion for a "frequent flyer." While others in the ER judge, she tries to see the whole patient and learns that not every person with chronic pain is a "seeker."
Doctor Anonymous works with an elderly patient to decide her best course of care. "Whatever you decide is probably as good or better than anything I would say," he tells her. In the end, she decides to leave things be.
Is a new blood substitute superior to the real thing? Do claims that it is hearken back to the introduction--nay, celebration (by manufacturers)--of breast milk substitutes during the 1950s to 1970s? Midwife Myra Deluca thinks so.
Ideas for Women fills us in on new research into BRCA2 and DNA repair, which is critical to the understanding and development of future prevention and/or treatment of breast cancer.
JAMA says weight gain after menopause is tied to a greater risk of breast cancer. Cancer Commentary gives us the full scoop.
Caring for chronically ill children is no picnic, but there are still magical moments. The Wait and Wonder lets us peek into her kitchen window to watch one.
Jails are full of mamas, and those mamas have babies. Shrink Rap takes a closer look at--and asks a lot of questions about--how prisons handle their littlest population.
Lyrehca at Managing the Sweetness Within wants to be a mama, and she's starting IVF. While she spills her guts to her cyber-readers, she wonders how (or if) to tell her boss and co-workers of her plans.
Imagine Bright Futures writes about a mother's decision regarding liver transplant for her small child. Like any good mom, she wants to know, "Will my child be happy?"
Movin' Meat breathes a big sigh of relief when a nearly drowned, rescued newborn pinks up. "Relief that some mother, who in her desperation and fear threw away her newborn baby, is not now a murderer." Wow.
Women are so emotional
And that's why companies should hire them. MSSP Nexus Blog recommends hiring passionate people.
CFS Squared wonders if guilt is a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome. (Isn't it a typical, but so unnecessary, symptom of almost every chronic illness, wonders Editrix Jenni?)
Dr Deborah Serani points out that a black-and-white view of the world can be an indicator of low self-esteem. The good news: self esteem can be improved with work.
Is black nail polish a sign of mental health issues? Barbados Butterfly encounters black nail polish bias in the case of a young girl who just may need some help.
Finally, girls are getting some ADHD research, according to Treatment Online. "Among girls, the condition often manifests itself as boredom, disinterest, and impulsiveness, which can be wrongly dismissed as characteristics of a typical child or adolescent."
You gotta have heart
The first in a series, A Hearty Life offers new habits with stories to inspire, starting with losing weight.
She thinks allergies; he thinks heart attack. Dr. Charles listens to everything his patient isn't telling him, and helps save her life because of it.
Pure Pedantry fills us in on new standards for heart attack screening, which recommend that women 55 to 75 be checked.
The Patient-Consumer tells us about a new study of women's heart disease, created by a company that specializes in providing consumers (ahem, we mean patients) with outcome info for hospitals. Happy shopping!
Or...nurses. According to InsureBlog, more and more clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners instead of doctors. "Paging Maria Welby?"
Jamie at Medscape asks, isn't it about time people stopped assuming that women in med school are going to be nurses? Is it still that shocking that women are doctors?
In the U.K., nurses are taking over, says NHS Blog Doctor. He compares the experience of a high-flying young female doctor in the UK competing with a nurse for the same job.
Straight From the Doc: Women with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for glaucoma.
By women, if not necessarily for women
UroStream finds herself becoming the urologist of choice for the local county jail, with all the secrecy and manacles that entails.
Ever wonder what happens during an appendectomy? Inside Surgery's got your answer.
...a few final words from your hostess, Editrix Jenni...
Whew! Didn't I tell you we got a ton of great pieces this week? Hope you enjoyed.
Just for fun, I tracked the time it took to put this together: about eight hours. A bit more than I expected, but well worth it. Thanks again for the opportunity, Nick!
OK - keep writing, and good health to you all!
Love, Jenni the Editrix
* Submit your comments by emailing Editrix Jenni.
Wow, what a great job! I liked the theme, and especially the way you categorized the posts. Your link is up at my site: http://insureblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/chronic-rounds.html Thank you for hosting! -Henry Stern, LUTCF
Thanks for hosting Grand Rounds! I enjoyed the theme and the "mini-themes" for each section and the pics -- Great layout! Also, thanks for including my post. I appreciate it! - Dr. A - Doctor Anonymous
Wow, really excellent job with Grand Rounds. I'll be hosting later this summer, and I can only hope to do as good a job as you've done with it. - Airway Control - Protect the Airway
Hey--Terrific job on hosting Grand Rounds, and thanks for picking my post. - Lyrehca, Managing the Sweetness Within
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