Monday, July 30, 2007

In the midst of a 1st of many

We're working on the Video of "Save Me". It's very very astonishing and moving to say the least. The historic footage reinforces the driving passion in this song and if I can keep from screwing it up with my guitar acting;we'll have on awesome video.

More is also in the chute. So keep in touch.

Ace out.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Reasons I'm seeking a new Job:

Highlightls of assisting in surgery:

1. I once helped with an "Enucleation" at Kasiser Hospital in Santa Clara. For those of you not familiar with the operation; it's the removal of an eye. And infected one at that. The doctor clpped the optic nerve and drop the eye into the palm of my hand. I had to grab it like a mushy cherry tomato and stick it in a small jar. Yuck. I didn't sleep well that night.

2. I was at the catching end of an AKA. (Above Knee Amputatation)At Merrit/Summit Hospital another infected piece of the body that had to go. So they sawed off the leg above the knee. I had to catch it by the ankle and back of the knee then stick it in a black garbage bag. Not only was this aesthetically disgusting, but sad as well as this kid (I think he was around 20) will never slam dunk again.

3. On my way home from a certain surgery center, I was asked to scub in and help a doctor excise a Barthalon cysct. For those of you guys that have no Idea where the barthalon gland lays, It's in the vagina. It's along the sidewall. Why is this so disgusting? It's filled with anaerobic bacteria that is usually under tremendous pressure. I recall the female doctor cutting the cyst wall with her scissors and the bloody PUS,YES PUS, Or purelent drainage went flying everywhere. After racing to secure the blood loss; I had it in my hairnet, my goggles, my exposed face and neck and even on my shoes. Now, I have over the years, developed the sensitivity of a garbage man or coroner, but the smell is something that you're never ready for.

4. Speaking of pus; I recall holding a patients tongue out of the way as we lanced his pus pocket over his right tonsil. (peri-tonsillar abcess) Now think Barthalon cyst only with 10 times the velocity. The pus flew out of the office and hit the other side of the hall outside the room. Once again the familiar stinch of anaerobes filled the air.

5. And last but not least, (Let's see Terry Anderson beat this one) I assisted a general surgeon on the extraction of a HUGE Cumcumber from the upper rectum of a guy that just simply had too much time on his hand. When I say huge, I don't mean pickle jar size; I mean state fair blue ribbon size. I'll leave the after math scenario to your imagination.

Now I know why Terry Anderson paints houses for a day job. I could go on and on but sometimes you need to stop when you feel you've made your point.

Oh one last word. If a doctor tells you that you need Moh's surgery, run like hell. One of the most saddening, stomach turning, reconstructive surgeries I've ever seen is the reconstruction of a nose that has been lost to cancer.

They make very good glass eyes. They can put cheek bones in your face. They can even do convincing flap rotations to fill in parts of your lip lost to trauma or cancer. But if you work in the petroleum industy beware. Cancer in the nose is pernicious. After the cancer is removed; the patient has a big hole in their face were there nose use to be. One of the first creative techniques was a scalp flap rotation. They took a 1" wide strip of skin from between the eyes and went straight back into the scalp. Once the skin was brought down to the nasal area, the skin would grow hair making the patient look like a gerbal. Skin from each cheek would be advanced toward the flap and some sort of synthetic strut (silastic) would be used for support. The end result was that you still wanted to get rid of all of the mirrors in your house. Burkas didn't seem so bad and you would go through the rest of your life living the life of "dark man".

I'll save my stories of the 2 O.R. deaths I witnessed; and the patients that had the wrong side operated on for another blog entry.

Ace out....................

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

In Russia It's the 4th of July

I've finally reached the end of my rope with Americans that don't respect their country. And I know they mean well, but damn it, Today is "Independece Day". The 4th of July is just a day on the calender. Independence Day should make you reflect on the sacrifices of the "MinuteMen" and "The Sons of The American Revolution" . It should make you think about the courage of the George Washingtons, Thomas Jeffersons and Nathan Hale. Nathan Hale was barely 21 when he chose death over selling out his country. He was hung as a spy for the "Colonists".

Today is a day many will appreciate as a 3rd day of a 3 day week end. Barbeque sales will be at their peak today. Many pre-schoolers will associate the term "Independent Day" with ID4. The Will Smith movie where we defend our planet from Aleins. In a sad way, it seems that Hollywood wants to overlook the essence of the real "Independence Day" and replace it with a "New World Order" Independence day.

Today please remember; "Freedom is not free". A price was paid for our autonomy. The willingness to FIGHT for our freedom was the cost of freedom. Those who risked their lifes and those who sacificed their lifes; paid the price of freedom.

If you can put down your bottle rockets, or your barbequed chicken wing long enough to reflect back on the Love and sacrifice that was shown for Liberty, you will indeed be glorifying the true meaning of Independence Day.

Ace out.......................

Monday, July 02, 2007

Allstar game repub.

What ever Lola wants, Lola gets. etc..... Damn Yankees is a fictional story about a Washington Senator Fan that hates the NY Yankees so bad, that he makes a deal with the Devil to become this outfield superstar that helps lead Washington to the pennant. The role of Joe Hardy (played by tab Hunter) is a 22 year old power hitter that will break all homerun records and lead Washington to the series. The problem is, Joe Hardy is really a mid-50's Senator fan with a wife and kids.

Back in 1956, when the broadway musical was popular; critics were making comparisoms between the musical and the 1919 scandal. But I think, a closer realistic comparisom can be made today with one Barry Bonds. Barry "I used the clear stuff" Bonds.

When Barry self-admittedly used the "clear stuff" to enhance his career, he wasn't just dealing with now encarcerated BALCOR members, but he was in essence, a 50 year old Joe Hardy selling his soul to Satin. And like Joe Hardy, BALCOR enabled Barry to hit like a 22 year old the rest of his career, breaking everyone's homerun records, including his godfather's, Willie Mays. Unlike the story of Joe Hardy, who sees the downside of the cult (he missed his wife and kids) Barry saw the down side of being on the wrong side of the law. (see 2003 grand jury testimony) In 2004 congress looked into the Steroid scandal in America's favorite pasttime. Barry Bonds's trainer and associates found themselves in prison for illegal drug (steroid) sales. So in 2005, Barry found himself in need of surgery. His surgeon, (my former boss) became the scapegoat for a surgical related "infection".


The OR was cultured and nothing was found. Usually when an infection occurs, bacteria related to an infection is found. Ask any ambulance chaser. It's not that hard. But this OR was clean.

Now think: What do steroids do to your body in addition to preserving it's muscle tissure from deterioration? It also freezes your immune system. The system in your body that fights off attacks from common bacteria. Something called "normal flora".

Without making any accusations that can get me invited to appear in court; I would think that the reason Barry missed all but 14 games of the 2005 season could have been "immune system" related.

Which brings us to the closing scene of Damn Yankees. Joe Hardy, the young power hitter is standing in the feild when "poof", he returns to being a middle aged fan again. He runs off the field never to be seen again.