• Love Surpassed the Glioblastoma

      For the past few months, I’ve been pretty quiet with writing. The reason? My dad was sick. On June 1st of 2018, my father was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma or in layman’s words, terminal brain cancer. The same cancer that robbed Senator John McCain of his life, except dad’s tumor was inoperable and he decided against treatment after three weeks. Our entire journey from diagnosis to death lasted 5 months. As a healthcare provider for over twenty years, I dove into patient care mode. We healthcare people tend to compartmentalize, turn off the feelings to be able to provide the care needed. I was no different. For the final…

  • Captain America was almost right…

    Come on Captain America!  You were so close. The surgical defibrillation scene in Winter Soldier almost got the details correct. (Spoilers below) During one of the scenes, Fury is shot by the Winter Soldier. He is taken to surgery where the surgeon uses a defibrillator to shock his heart back into rhythm. Watch below. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcyP1_0-hoE] A couple of good things followed:  1) The actor gave a realistic reaction on the table when the paddles shocked him and his reaction was complementary to a real-life scenario. He didn't bounce like a basketball on the table or wildly convulse when the shock was applied. His reaction was realistic. 2) A rhythm was present on the monitor.…