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Aristus

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 33,068

About Me

I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Anecdote from Street-Level America: more and more of the homeless are getting off the streets.

Every week, it seems, I have at least one patient who comes to the clinic to announce that he or she is getting into housing, and will probably change primary care providers. In other cases, I have patients who have been off the streets for a full year doing the same. My clinic offers healthcare to former homeless patients for up to a full year after they get off the streets.

In a number of cases, I have these same patients starting to visit me at our mainstream clinic when I work there on Fridays. So they get continuity of care, which is an important aspect of clinic medicine.

I haven't seen any stastistics to back this up scientifically, but I think things are getting better. The economy is finally starting to turn around. My patients are reporting that they have jobs, and they now have to schedule clinic visits around their work requirements. This is a good thing.

If we have to close the homeless clinic someday due to a complete absence of homeless people, that would be all right with me.

I'd just take some ibuprofen, get a deep-tissue neck and shoulder massage, and start again...

Late night at the office, getting caught up on paperwork. Boring paperwork. Ask me anything.

Haven't had much of a chance to talk to my Lounge peeps lately...

Saturday, April 12th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"A halter pardon him, and hell gnaw his bones!"

Othello, Act IV, Scene 2, Line 138.

Will and I are celebrating another edition of WSTFTD. Ask us anything.

It's Happy Hour!

Will says: "And MOST happy hour! We have ale in our cups and all is well! Let us be merry!"

Saturday, April 5th. The Weekend Edition Of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.




"You have among you many a purchas'd slave"

The Merchant Of Venice, Act IV, Scene 1, Line 90.


I just un-followed my sister-in-law's daugher on Facebook.

She posted a pic of bottle openers with President Obama's likeness on them, and captioned it: "Target practice, anyone?"



I convinced my Republican wife to vote for President Obama in 2012, but I guess the rest of her family is beyond help...

Saturday, March 29th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"Coward dogs
Most spend their mouths when what they seem to threaten
Runs far before them."

Henry V, Act II, Scene 4, Lines 69-71.

The hospital just sent me a death notice for one of my patients.

First one in a while.

I didn't know him very well. I only visited with him three times. He had a lot of issues, drug use foremost among them, and he was not-compliant with his treatment plan.

He was taken to the hospital two days ago with severe pneumonia. They tried to treat him, but he spiraled. He had a do not resuscitate order in place, so they made him comfortable, and he died yesterday.

He must have had a miserable life. He's not in pain anymore.

Saturday, March 15th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"There is no terror in your threats;
For I am arm'd so strong in honesty
That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not."

Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene 3, Lines 66-69.

I'll watch my language so the faint-hearts don't alert.

But God in Heaven, the GD screechers are at it again! This time over the anti-vaccine controversy.

"Vaccines didn't do anything for me!"

"The purpose of disease is to control populations."

"I've been exposed to every disease known to man and never been sick a day in my life, so phthththththth!"

Dear God, could we please hire some 500-pound guy named Tiny to stand at the door of the Forums with a clipboard and a velvet rope, and bounce all the right-wing trolls when they show up?

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