Time to wrap up the work week! As a way to reflect back on the best and the worst, the new and inspiring, the mundane and the news-breaking, I am starting a weekly post simply known as– The Friday Rewind.
1. The Best of This Week:
- Biked (and jogged) a total of 59. 7 miles, completing over 5 hours and 45 minutes of cardio-strengthening training! How do I know this? I use the convenient free ap–Map My Run–which logs all of my work-outs and emails me a summary at the end of the week. This is a data lovers dream!
- After a short hiatus, my husband and I returned to our nightly ER viewing habit (the old NBC medical drama, 1994-2009). This is quality time very well spent. We are now on season 7 of 15. I love this show because they make zero attempt to explain medical terminology and expect viewers to just get it. It makes me feel good when my husband turns to me and asks, “so what is a compartment fasciotomy,” and I immediately know the answer. Finally, I know about something he doesn’t! Of course, he has a disturbingly impressive memory, and with his uncanny ability to recall medical facts like an encyclopedia is well on his way to an honorary MD. (Secretly, I think the wrong person is going to medical school–if ever given the chance, he would crush me…)
- Only 12 weeks to go until my last day at work.
- Only 6 weeks to go until our belated honeymoon and 11 blissful days on the beach!
2. The Worst of This Week
- I have had an unrelenting cough for 33 days and counting. Three doctors visits, one chest x-ray, one nebulizer breathing treatment, two steroid medications, an antibiotic and an inhaler later–I am still non-the wiser to what is causing this annoyance. Coughing is one of the top five most common reasons for a doctor’s visit, with up to 40% of non-smokers having reported a chronic cough at some point in their lives. A 2006 study found that among women with an average age of 48 who had a cough lasting for six months, 39% were found to have asthma, 9% had chronic upper airway cough syndrome (commonly known as postnasal drip), and 9% had gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), while 11% had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, progressive disease that includes both emphysema and bronchitis. My money is on asthma…
3. Medical Breakthrough of the Week
- Rather than picking just one medical breakthrough of the week, I will let you in on a treasure trove of medical discoveries! The website MedPage Today (www.medpagetoday.com) is a phenomenal resource of the latest in medical developments. This is a particularly helpful tool because it summarizes medical literature into easily digestible articles–each article alerts the reader to breaking medical news, presenting that news in a context that meets their educational practice needs. Sign up for daily email alerts to stay on top of all that is new in medicine!
4. Just for Fun- The Friday Rewind Image Challenge
A 26-year-old woman presented with pain and discoloration in the fingertips of both hands on exposure to cold (Panels A and B). She had had the same symptoms every winter for the past decade. The patient’s history and physical examination revealed no signs or symptoms suggestive of systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. She reported that she did not smoke. What is the diagnosis?
a) Carcinoid syndrome
c) Normal pregnancy
d) Radial-artery occlusion
e) Raynaud’s phenomenon
* Courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine
The Answer: Shown in the comments section.