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Many years ago, I watched a long video of a police scene in California, where a man who was reported to be on “angel dust” (PCP), was being held down by police officers.  The officers chatted among themselves while the camera focused in on the man who was pleading for help.  I watched as the […]

Hooray for Hartford

Like in much of the nation, there have been anti-police violence protests in Hartford.  Here, they have been peaceful.  Yesterday, local police halted traffic to enable the marchers to pass safely through the streets.  When the protesters blocked both lanes of the Interstate highway that runs east west through the city, they were joined by […]

“I Can’t Breathe”

I have heard many people say “I can’t breathe.” Sometimes the people are full of it, other times they are dying. I have also heard the response line, “You’re talking fine.”  I’ve heard EMS say it and I’ve heard police say it. On May 25, 2020 , George Floyd said to officer Derek Chauvin, I […]

Early PPE

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If you have Amazon Prime, until June 30, you watch all 24 lectures ( all about 30 minutes) of The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague by noted professor Dorsey Armstrong for free. The lectures are part of the Great Courses series.  Many years ago, I used to order these lectures on cassette tapes.  […]

Where Has all the COVID Gone?

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I haven’t put an isolation gown on in three shifts.   I even forgot to put a surgical mask on when I got out of my fly car yesterday to go into the Subway to buy a cold drink. (I apologized to the clerk). With the warm weather and the people back out on the streets, […]

A Visit

He is an old man with a stooped back, wearing tan work pants and shirt with his name on the right breast and his company’s name on the left.  He has gotten out of his old Pontiac, and wearing a face mask, walks toward us as we come out of the dialysis center with an […]

Keep Your Guard Up

I worked at the hospital today.  I was curious to see how our COVID numbers were doing (after being off for a few days) and like most of the state they have been dropping.  Still a few coming in, some of whom had previously been diagnosed as positive.  It feels here at least in this […]

Memorial Day Weekend

This was probably the first time in twenty five years I didn’t work at least one day of a Memorial Day weekend (Saturday through Monday).  I had told myself if a shift opened up on Sunday, I would take it.  It did and I didn’t.  On Saturday I hit softballs with my youngest daughter.  Sunday, […]

Quinnipiac Poll

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I got a call from the Quinnipiac poll the other night and spent 15 minutes answering questions about the presidential candidates, the economy, health care and COVID-19.  I was able to answer all the questions pretty easily.  I didn’t like either Biden or Trump, but would vote for Biden.  I liked Fauci, but was skeptical […]

Face Shields

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Our hospital is requiring all clinical workers to not only wear face masks, but also face shields, when interacting with patients. In the April 29, 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Eli Perencevich and his coauthors argue that face shields should be adapted by communities in their containment strategies.  They […]

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