These are the thoughts of a cantankerous ol' gynecologist who remembers when things were a little different. I try to find a little humor in my life and the people I meet along the way. Come meet the characters in my world.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Thought for the day: 5/21/12

Sometimes we expect more of others because we would be willing to do that much for them.


Wow! I have really found this helpful in building my muscle mass.

Cardiovascular Exercise

The older we get the more important it is to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This is necessary to maintain cardiovascular health and maintain muscle mass.

If you're over 50, you might want to take it easy at first, then do more repetitions as you become more proficient and build stamina.
Warning: It may be too strenuous for some.

Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program!



That's enough for the first day.

Great job.

Have a glass of wine.

(I’m feeling old today.  And most of you have seen this before.  Signed, the techno dinosaur)


Blog Problem – Techno Dinosaur?

If you heard many bad words from the lasermed household this last weekend, it was me.  I was unable to “log on” to the blog to post anything. 

I have no idea what the problem is.  I will see if computer geek can come show me what my problem is.  I’m sure I did something stupid. 

I will have to post from the office until it gets straightened out.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Millions of Dollars of Scholarship Money

Yesterday was "step up day" at my children's high school. Those kids have really grown up!
Two of the triplets are graduating. My autistic child has chosen to continue at least another year as the "Mayor of " his high school. (ADA allows them to stay until they are 21. (Go Eagles!)
The principal listed all the scholarships that the class of 2012 had received. There are just over 300 graduating seniors. Not all of them are going on to higher education. Even so, there were literally MILLIONS of scholarship dollars awarded yesterday.
One state funded scholarship was about $1.5 MILLION dollars (over 4 years).
Sometimes our tax and other $$ do good work. Like sending laser's kids to college.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Graduation Approaches

Graduation Approaches

It’s getting to be time for my kids to graduate from high school.  I’m not sure any parent is ever ready for this.  Today is move up day and scholarship ceremony.  I think I already talked about Honor Society.  I will probably do some posting about the stuff they did as little kids.  It has been coming up a lot lately.  Be prepared.

Mr. Impatient, being in Special Education, has decided to extend his High School education for a while.  So only Three Speed and Tall Guy are graduating.  That’s enough for one Mom and Dad.  They wore suits when they left the house this morning.  I’m excited to see what comes from this.  More later. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gentle Thoughts for Today 5/15/12

Gentle Thoughts for Today 5/15/12

Birds of a feather flock together...and then shit on your car.

A penny saved is a government oversight.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then
your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a

He who hesitates is probably right.

Did you ever notice: The Roman numerals for forty (40) are XL?

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's
really in trouble.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Thought

Sugar Content of Foods

Today’s Interesting E-Mail 5-14-12

Sugar Content of Foods

Someone spent a lot of time taking these pictures.  Each one shows how much sugar is in the item in the photo. 

4.2 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar = 1 cube!

 This is an interesting concept.  It would make a great science project for school.  It’s also a great visual for anyone who is trying to cut down on sugar.  Here are some more:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Follow up: Big Companies Behaving Badly

Or: Comcast, Where Are You?

Several weeks ago, I posted a rant about Comcast and the difficulty I was having with their customer service department.  I received a reply from someone apparently in the national office.

It took me a while to get back to this person. 

Evidently using the e-mail address he left me gets the same sort of answers that I got when I called my local Comcast office. 


It has been a week. 

Comcast, Where Are You?

That might work. 

Leave me an address I can use.

Friday, May 11, 2012

More Natural Laws

Law of the Theater & Stadium - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last.  They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over.  The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance.  The aisle people also are very surly folk.

The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

Oliver's Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better.  But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Creepy Cold Virus

a little DNA

looking for a home

why my nose?

i felt it settling in

a few days ago

irritation at first


nose swollen

throat sore


body aches

can’t think

remember 7-10 days

my doctor part says

my person part says


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Countries that visit

One of the interesting things that the back part of this blog does is keeps interesting statistics.  It lets me know where the visitors to this blog come from.
I have a large following in:
The United Kingdom
Hello, there!

Today I recorded 100 countries!   Hello, Ghana.
Through the magic of the internet, I am translated into 47 languages.  For the benefit of my Norwegian relatives, I am translated into Norsk.  It is also translated into Danish, Bengali, Persian, Vietnamese, etc.  Magic!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Issues with Multiple Birth Babies

Yesterday I entered my first patients who "have the same birth date and last name". My EMR (Electronic Medical Record) put up a great big warning box.  “Are you sure you want to enter this patient” type thing.  Of course I did.  The patient was the second triplet that I see. 

I am very concerned.  I haven’t entered triplet # 3 yet.  I am scared.

Since my own children are triplets, this has come up on occasion.  Our insurance company got a little bit twitchy when they all got prescriptions on the same day for something.  The pharmacy had to call and explain that, yes, they are triplets. 

The forms for school get really boring.  I used to have to fill the same form out 4 or 5 times for each child.  I would get confused about which child I was filling it out for, which brothers I had to list, etc.  Now they have figured out that one form can be entered in the computer for each child, so I only have to fill out three of them. 

I love it when people ask me how many children I have.


“How old are they?”


Big Pause.

Sometimes a light will come on, sometimes (usually) not.  If not, I gently explain that they are triplets, and all are the same age.  It’s revenge for all the stupid questions people ask about multiple babies. 

What to say and not to say to the family with twins, triplets or more

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Belly Button Facts:

It stands alone.  Interesting reading.

Who does these studies?

“Healthy Eating”

There was an item on the news about a bill in our legislature that was going to ban drive through windows at fast food restaurants.  Thank goodness the legislature came to its senses and defeated the bill.

I believe that the purpose of this bill was to address the problem of obesity in our state.  There are better ways to do this, IMO.

We discussed this a little at my house.  Then it was time for Mr. Impatient and I to make our weekly pilgrimage to SAMS club.  (I spoke with their employees.  Laura and Brenda said I could use their name on my blog.  I generally have good things to say about them.)

Mr. Impatient was quite disturbed about the drive through windows going away.  We had a long discussion about healthy foods.  We discussed eating more vegetables and fruits and less sugary and fatty foods.

With most children, having this discussion would lead to a few more questions.  Not with Mr. Impatient.  His autism has kicked in big time.  We have discussed every food he eats and whether or not it is healthy.  He is “eating well” or “eating healthy”.  There is now a limit to the fries or the chips. 

He even asked if he is “fat”.  The answer is, unfortunately, yes.  I admit that Mom is, too.   I refused to answer for anyone else at the table.  They had to admit their own guilt or innocence.  Oh, what fun that little failed bill has been at my house.

I need to go buy some more strawberries and bananas.