Actually, the labia to be more precise. According to this article 60,000,000 US Dollars (Yes, MILLION) were awarded by a Bronx jury to Ms. Alison Hugh this week after she sustained an injury to the involved private after going for a cosmetic thigh lift procedure.
If this particlar case does not scream TORT REFORM, quite frankly I don’t know what does. You would think for 60 million that she lost 2 arms, 2 legs, an ear, and an eyeball. This is even above and beyond brain damaged baby territory. Here we have a clear cut example of how runaway juries can dole out valuable healthcare dollars like monopoly money and why ambulance chasing lawyers are so eager to play the healthcare lotto. What I find even more shocking than the jury award is the fact that I would never have known about this case if it weren’t for the above lone article. Apparently, exorbitant malpractice awards have become so matter of fact that they rarely even make the headlines anymore. Meanwhile, healthcare costs continue to rally upwards as physicians pay ever mounting malpractice premiums and order more needless tests to rule out that needle in a haystack. In the end, we all wind up paying for this woman’s almighty precious labia.
Check out this story of Austrian millionaire, Karl Rabeder, who is giving away every penny he ever earned in his lifetime. Mr. Rabeder states that “My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing.” He plans on raffling off his £1.4 million villa in the Alps and £613,000 farmhouse in Provence and giving all the proceeds to charities in Latin America. He will then downgrade to a simpler existence by moving into a “small wooden hut in the mountains” or a “small bedsit in Innsbruck”. I was particularly struck by his following comment, “More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life. I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need.” I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing.”
I must say that this story really hit home with me. Like so many other Americans, I confess to being bound to the gravely mistaken belief that by working oneself to the bone one is able to accumulate wealth and happiness will ensue. However, after toiling away in a career that continues to shred me apart from the inside out, I realize more and more how trading one’s valuable time in exchange for money to buy STUFF is one BUM deal. This becomes even more apparent when you find yourself working 60-70 stressful hrs a week in a job that you don’t particularly enjoy. Part of the reason why I have become so tight with money is because I realize how painful it is to make. Is that Mocha Frappuccino really worth the one hour of torture I had to endure in the hospital? Let’s take it up a notch. Can I make do with a perfectly reliable Honda Accord versus BMW saving me 20K which will spare me 10 hours of hospital waterboard torture per week for a whole year? Let’s go even further. If I am willing to embrace simple living, could I possibly transition from a highly toxic career to one with less hours that is infinitely more enjoyable? Or perhaps even, if I can keep my expenses low enough could I even retire for good? Not possible you say? Well here’s one guy who has done it at the early age of 31 www.earlyretirementextreme.com
I often wonder why it is that we lust after things made by man while what God has given us is not fully appreciated. No amount of money can buy a walk along the beach on a cool crisp September morning while the sun begins to peak over the horizon or the experience of trying to find the Big Dipper with your kids as you lay on the grass in the backyard gazing in awe at the darkness of the night sky. However, you would be too busy at work to even take notice of such things. Happiness is right before you but you don’t have time or the clarity of mind to see it. Society commends us for working like slavehorses so we can buy “things” to show off to others or to give us a quick fix to feel better about ourselves. I, on the other hand, now see this way of living as outright asinine. Instead, I’ll take having the freedom to do whatever I please with my time. Now that’s priceless!
CRNA SMILING WHILE PATIENT CIRCLES THE TOILET
I nominate Coastie, from the SDN forums, a Pulitzer Prize for this find! The CRNA smiling without a care in the world while the patient’s blood pressure reads 76/35 is ……well……uh…..(can anyone think of a word that encompasses the thoughts of shocking, hilarious, outrageous and disbelief all rolled in one?!)
IF AIR TRAVEL WORKED LIKE HEALTH CARE
there would be 757’s falling out of the sky like dead flies (assuming they even made it off the ground). The crushing bureaucratic BS that medicine has morphed into this nation is enough to make oneself buy a one way ticket to the insane asylum. If you took all the paperwork that I wrote during my internship alone, I am sure it would easily top the 560,000 words in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Makes going to work everyday just that much more pleasurable.
and is now in SERIOUS hot water (now being investigated by state health dept and her ER residency at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island where she is a PGY2 is now on the line). The above photo which was taken by this resident of a fellow medical student (who could also find himself on the chopping block …Thanks for the tag!) is apparently now going viral and can easily be found online with a simple google search. Now whenever this particular resident googles her name, hundreds of hits involving this incident will pop up for posterity! You know future employers are going to love that! I wouldn’t be surprised if this story winds up on the front page of yahoo real soon. To those on the outside of medicine, this pic of a medical student giving two thumbs up in the presence of a cadaver could be erroneously seen as being as sensational as those involving the prison wardens of Abu Ghraib.
You can read more of the lurid details here
Looks like one of her facebook “frenemies” turned her in. Reminds me of the story I posted sometime back about the chief surgical resident in Arizona who got expelled from residency after taking a pic of his patient’s hot rod penis on his phone cam and was allegedly snitched out by one of the OR nurses (according to a source). In the cut throat world of medicine this does not surprise me in the least.
Why is photography even permitted in the gross anatomy lab in the first place with cadavers all over the place??? This is 2010 and we now live in the digital age. I’m sorry but this resident is so screwed. She would have been better off having a secret sex tape leaked involving her than this. Don’t laugh. I am sure if given the choice she would agree with me and you would too!