Author: Edwin

You are Good, Even When you Make Mistakes

My October EM News column. http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2017/10000/Life_in_Emergistan__You_Are_Good__Even_When_You.11.aspx So you made a mistake. I know you’re busy beating yourself up about it. I know that after years and years of training in life-saving medicine you’ve also trained yourself to accept the blame for all sorts of things beyond your control. You’re asking, ‘how could I have missed that,’ or ‘why didn’t I think about that?’ You’re wondering why you didn’t give a different drug, order another test or do a different procedure. You may be replaying the whole scene in your mind; the nightmare intubation, the pediatric trauma, the young family,...

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Disappointment is Subtle Censorship

I’m a columnist.  I’m a blogger.  And I’ve fallen victim to a bad habit.  That habit is the tendency to be upset when a reader says something like this:  ‘I usually like your work, but I’m very disappointed in what you said recently.’ Or ‘you really let me down.’ Or ‘I thought better of you until now.’ Those phrases elicit a very visceral response in me.  They remind me of emotions I had in my adolescence when an adult would say something similar and it struck like a hammer-blow. ‘Disappointed?  I can’t disappoint anyone!  I have to reconsider.  I...

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Have you been through the check-out lane lately?

    My column in today’s Greenville News. http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/opinion/2017/11/06/have-you-been-through-check-out-lane-lately-mean-really/826948001/ We have a lot of problems as a nation. There are so many issues to discuss! So I thought I’d focus on one that we all deal with, nearly every day. And that is, the extreme difficulty with which we check out in stores. I mean, have you tried to check out lately? Of course you have. It’s no small task. First of all, so many of us have been conditioned to use cards rather than cash. I’m guilty myself. It’s so easy to use a credit or debit card! Well, unless it won’t swipe, or the Internet is down. Or you have a chip card…. And yet, my debit card has been my undoing in the past. While traveling, I discovered that I hadn’t notified my bank of my destination like a good citizen; thus, for my own safety, my card could not be accessed. Which is great, except not being able to get gas in the middle of the Great Plains is also a problem; especially when you aren’t carrying cash. I hate being that guy at the gas station who says to strangers, ‘hey, sorry but do you have $10 you could give me?’ But that’s small potatoes in the world of ‘checking out.’ When you check out, you’re accosted. ‘Do you have one of our Super...

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Praying is also doing something

Praying is also doing something.   There a lots of people mocking believers who say, in the face of tragedy, ‘our thoughts and prayers are with you.’  They say it’s ridiculous to pray; we should do something instead of pray.  They fail to realize some things. Plenty of Christians do things in times of crisis.  In fact, one of the largest organizations working in disaster response is the Southern Baptist Convention.  https://pjmedia.com/faith/2017/09/11/the-best-kept-secret-in-disaster-relief-southern-baptists/ In like-manner, groups like Samaritan’s Purse ‘do things,’ nationally and internationally.  In fact, one of my ‘praying’ friends went with Samaritan’s Purse to staff a combat hospital in a dangerous combat area of the Middle East earlier this year.  https://www.samaritanspurse.ca/article/emergency-field-hospital-airlifted-to-iraq/  These are just two of the untold  numbers of organizations and individuals who back up their prayers with action. Unlike politicians and celebrities, believers who do things don’t blather on and on about it. Most are regular folks who can’t afford to fund foundations in their own names; they can’t discuss their actions on talk shows or Tweet out to their millions of loyal and adoring fans.  They just do it.  They pray before, during and after doing it. Those who ‘do things’ often don’t talk about it because the Bible tells them not to give in a way to be seen and rewarded by public acclaim.  In the Gospel of St. Matthew 6:3, Jesus says ‘But when you...

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