Sunday, August 24, 2008

20 minutes in a bookstore....

...and I'm a goner. I was only there to wait for Angelina. I didn't want to buy a book, I didn't need to buy a book, and yet I came home with a book because once I saw it, I had to have it. It's an illness, I suppose.

The book is The Medical Detectives by Berton Roueche. He wrote articles for The New Yorker about tracking down the causes of medical problems from 1947 to 1988. Twenty-five stories! Of epidemiological investigations! Aaaaaahhhhhh... :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Still Here...

Not that you'd notice from this blog unless you're clicking through to my pouting on the FitDay Journal. I've hit a plateau, and the only thing for it, so I've read, is to exercise more and cut back my carb intake. And there was much rejoicing. [not!]

In good news, I got an "H" in my first epidemiology class (equivalent to an "A") and I'll start class 2 (Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance) on Tuesday. No books to buy, everything's online, thank you UNC School of Public Health! Another piece of good news is that UMUC corrected the name on my degree, so that someone looking at it would know it was mine, not my grandmother's or my daughter's.

I'm teaching at Red Cross Silver Spring a few times coming up, this coming Tuesday, possibly the next Tuesday, and a date in September and a two-nighter in October. As if I don't already have enough stuff with "Red Cross" all over it, I've decided I want a fleece jacket. But mostly, I don't want to get out of practice or let them forget about me. And I really enjoy meeting the people who take the classes, even though I'm not likely to ever see most of them again. If anyone reading this hasn't been trained and certified in CPR or First Aid, well, for goodness sakes, why not?! Get trained! Be prepared! The barbarians aren't at the gates, they are us!

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming...