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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Happy Darwin Day to the DU Lounge!

Getting ready to start clinic, which involves, you know, biology! (Thank you, Mr. Darwin!)

Another scientist here fighting the good fight against ignorance and superstition.

Someday, the creationists will go to their maker, and the rest of us will see science for what it is: a gift from God, not the enemy of God. (Just as those with no religious beliefs are still my brothers, and not my enemies...)

The BB extraction went well. But it was a lot trickier than I thought it would be.

I thought my first BB extraction, right around a year ago, was tricky; it was located in the patient's scalp, not far from his temporal artery. So there was the scalp vascularity to consider. Plus shaving the hair around the site, then dissecting into the scalp and around the encapsulation took some time. But I got it out of there, with no complications.

Today's procedure was a lot trickier. The BB was located in his right little finger, so although the site wasn't nearly as vascular as my other patient's scalp had been, I was dealing with ligaments and tendons. Tricky...

I numbed him up, grasped the BB under the skin with a curved hemostat, and made a small incision in order to kind of pop or squeeze the BB out. No luck. As with the other patient, the body had created an encapsulation around the BB to keep it from interacting physio-chemically with the body. Dissecting the encapsulation took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I eventually got to the BB, grasped it again with the curved hemostat, and popped it out of there. It had been in there for 10 years. The patient was glad to have it gone.

I sutured the site up, asking the patient to flex and extend his finger a few times before tying off each suture.

Whew! Tough one!

But I did it. Happy patient!

Thank you for my Valentine hearts!

Saturday, February 8th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.

"Hang thee young baggage!"

Romeo And Juliet, Act III, Scene 5, Line 160.

One of my patients, a sweet elderly lady, just called me 'honey'.

I love this job...

Saturday, February 1st. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.

"Hence, rotten thing! Or I shall shake thy bones out of thy

Coriolanus, Act III, Scene 1, Lines 177-178
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