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Aristus

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 33,069

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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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The BB extraction went well. But it was a lot trickier than I thought it would be.

I thought my first BB extraction, right around a year ago, was tricky; it was located in the patient's scalp, not far from his temporal artery. So there was the scalp vascularity to consider. Plus shaving the hair around the site, then dissecting into the scalp and around the encapsulation took some time. But I got it out of there, with no complications.

Today's procedure was a lot trickier. The BB was located in his right little finger, so although the site wasn't nearly as vascular as my other patient's scalp had been, I was dealing with ligaments and tendons. Tricky...

I numbed him up, grasped the BB under the skin with a curved hemostat, and made a small incision in order to kind of pop or squeeze the BB out. No luck. As with the other patient, the body had created an encapsulation around the BB to keep it from interacting physio-chemically with the body. Dissecting the encapsulation took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I eventually got to the BB, grasped it again with the curved hemostat, and popped it out of there. It had been in there for 10 years. The patient was glad to have it gone.

I sutured the site up, asking the patient to flex and extend his finger a few times before tying off each suture.

Whew! Tough one!

But I did it. Happy patient!

Thank you for my Valentine hearts!

Saturday, February 8th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"Hang thee young baggage!"

Romeo And Juliet, Act III, Scene 5, Line 160.

One of my patients, a sweet elderly lady, just called me 'honey'.

I love this job...

Saturday, February 1st. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"Hence, rotten thing! Or I shall shake thy bones out of thy
garments."

Coriolanus, Act III, Scene 1, Lines 177-178

Saturday, January 25th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



"...do not press
My tongue-tied patience with too much disdain,
Lest sorrow lend me words..."

Sonnet 140, Lines 1-3.

In other words, Huckabilly, Will Shakespeare is going easy on you. Don't push him...

Scored a day off tomorrow. So I'm happy for Happy Hour.

How's everybody doing tonight?

Any fans of the 1975 version of "Rollerball'?

To this day, it still gets mixed reviews. My own stepson described it being hampered by being "The 1970's vision of the future", which of course it was.

But I think it's a marvelous film. Far more layered than one might expect from an violent action movie like this. Of course, it was directed by Norman Jewison, so it ought to have some depth.

Opinions?

YES! The Hawks are going to the Smoke-A-Bowl!

Saturday, January 18th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.



DEA chief James Capra

"Let hemp his wind-pipe suffocate."

Henry V, Act III, Scene 6, Line 44.


A somewhat obscure topic, but when I came across this quote, I just had to devise a WSTFTD around it...

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