Really ?

I spent way too much time completing the surgical center’s pre-op online patient information prior to recent shoulder surgery… pages!  All that information is available at my surgeons’ office and my family doc’s office, in the same city. But it is not about proximity. If the medical community would step into the tech age for record keeping and sharing, all those records, care, procedures, medications, etc., would be available to the medical community at large, without the duplicate records and paperwork. It is absurd.

I complained about this to the surgical center to no avail.  I registered a complaint in my surgeon’s office and their answer was the office and the surgical centers are not related facilities.

When the hell is the medical profession going to get real about central records on global servers?  That argument about proprietary / confidentiality does not stand.  Just look at global transactions made and information storage used by business and industry and banking and their customers, and suppliers across the web.  Do those businesses get hacked? It happens. Do they recover, yes!  Do they abandon global record keeping, transactions, and interfaces?  No!  They just get better at security!

And think of the advantages for the patient and physician:

  • A lot less paperwork in doc’s office.
  • New doc’s would know the patient’s entire medical history.
  • That history could be updated as necessary following patient visits and procedures.
  • Doc’s could see a patient’s script history before prescribing new/additional drugs.
  • Few patients show up with a complete memory of all procedures, exams, drugs, allergic reactions, etc. No need to know that, the information is in a data base.
  • I’m sure the medical and information technology community could add many more bullets to the above list.


There is hope !

***** S&E *****

Legends and Stories

This blog calls it’s stories, “log entries”.

Grandfather valued stories above all else.  He once said that our family histories are captured in legends and tales.  They keep our ancestors, our culture and our history alive.  We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t we lose them.  If the stories are gone , then the people are gone too.

….from “What the Wind Knows”, by Amy Harmon.

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Very Lucky !

I love  talking to my kids about their jobs.  

They work for big companies.​ ​They have jobs with huge scopes.  They have gone through company relocation. They touch a lot of people — customers, employees peers, bosses. 

I just ask how’s the job, how are things at work and just sit back and listen and appreciate their business sense, that they know and have skills that successfully influence customers, bosses, and co-workers, and have business competencies that help them be successful and that give them important leverage in their companies. 

I am thankful and very lucky!

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Why Vote for Trump, by Steve Harvey

It is just another view. It does not necessarily represent the view of this blogger.

Steve Harvey: TV comedian, TV host, producer, radio personality, actor, author     HOW I FEEL ABOUT TRUMP: By Steve Harvey
You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons.. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately!.. You call the city and 4 different exterminators, but nobody can handle the job.. But there is this one guy, and he guarantees to get rid of them, so you hire him.. You don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he has a plumber’s crack, you simply want those raccoons gone!.. You want your problem fixed!.. He’s the guy.. He’s the best!

Here’s why we want Trump: Yes, he’s a bit of a jerk; Yes, he’s an egomaniac; but we don’t care!.. The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republicans and Democrats can be two-faced and gutless, and illegals are everywhere.. We want it all fixed!.. We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he insults people, we don’t care that he’s been married 3 times, we don’t care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, we don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist.. This country became weak and bankrupt, our enemies were making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo, and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED”.. And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want..

We’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, sick of the Republican Party, and sick of illegals!.. We just want this thing fixed.. Trump may not be a Saint, but we didn’t vote for a Pope.. We voted for a man who doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him back, a man who doesn’t have political correctness restraining him.. We all know that he has been very successful, he’s a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he’s also NOT a politician, NOT a cowardly politician.!.. And he says he’ll fix it.. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong, or looked at and called a liar.. Also, we don’t care if the guy has bad hair.. We just want those raccoons gone, out of our house, NOW!!!

You are welcome to copy/paste/share this.. Thousands of people who haven’t voted in 25 years seem to be getting involved.. And the more people get this message, the more that will understand why Trump was elected..The raccoons have got to go!!!

***** S&E *****

Log entry no. 141 “A food-related note from Urge”

My buddy Urge had his 18 something granddaughters visit recently.  Just prior to that 10 of us returned from an eat-a-thon and drink-a-thon at an all-inclusive in Jamaica.  Since the return, we were all trying to dump the poundage we packed on in the tropics.

So Urge sends me this email:

“Jennifer and Samantha leave today which is good since all they wanted to do is eat fried shrimp, oysters or anything coated with crumbs and boiled in grease. I’ve gained what I thought I had lost from the Jamaican trip. Oh yeah, lunch today at MJs restaurant and guess what they wanted, yep fried oysters”.

Knowing Urge needed some advice for the future I suggested to him that those kids are just trying to get him to eat himself to death so eventually they don’t have to change his diapers, wipe up the drool, and pay to board him in an a “home” that smells like skin dust from old people (I’m old, I can say that).   

I further suggested that the next time they come to visit that Urge feed ’em health food and the stay will be shorter and likely they won’t want to come back often!

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You Just Gotta Love Dr. Seuss

Who the heck looks to Dr Seuss for career advice? Motivation?

I had this boss who was so dynamic, he was a great leader with a nasty temper, accompanied by a short fuse as they say. But you try and take people for their strong points, and you can learn from everyone.

He gave his staff a Dr Seuss book entitled “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” at one of his staff meetings, and we all took our turns reading a page from the book. One of my favorite pages… was about “waiting”:

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do 
to people as brainy and footsy as you. 
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. 
Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race
down long, wiggled roads at a break-neck pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come,
or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil,
or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls,
or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
NO! That’s not for you!

So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!

***** S&E *****

Trump and leadership, an oxymoron?

Headline: “Nominees Who Got Nowhere”, “Dozens of people Trump chose to lead have either quit or gotten cut”. USA TODAY, 06.2019

The number is around 60, either self-withdrew, or Trump canceled the nomination, which was his nomination in the first place.

I’m sure by now most people despite their party affiliation have some doubt in their mind about our leader’s leadership capability.

Great leaders either chose great talent or have people who can. And great leaders know how to retain assess and retain talent. After all, talent is the key to successfully driving the enterprise!

Such a sad situation. We have this big, powerful, capable country and look at our “leaders”.

You just gotta wonder what the rest of the world thinks.