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Everything posted by GetMeOuttaThisMess

  1. Local DFW news yesterday showed a plane load of HCP’s on a SWA flight to NYC.
  2. 15.3% for both halves of taxes, though half of that is deducted when you itemize. Withholding of estimated taxes at 22-24% most likely on top of other annual income. Depending on state you may need to contribute W/C payments to system as well.
  3. CDC has had free Cat I CME in the past that covered all sorts of ID issues.
  4. I haven't heard a single source, not local/state/federal/news media give us any love. Next time someone asks for something it would be awfully tempting to say "Sorry. We weren't good enough then so why call on me now?"
  5. What this is really showing is how HC admins and gov't officials are the ones who have dropped the ball on this, having been told for years of an impending crisis from one source or another and not "saving for a rainy day" (supplies, etc.). They drop the ball and expect HCP's to run into the traffic to go retrieve it.
  6. Before you ask folks this you need to take into consideration how far they are into their career. Stone age, we didn't get sued because we were "assistants" so take that out of the equation until about the last 20-25 years. I never worried about killing anyone but missing something is always in the back of your mind. That's where the experience and "gut" come in handy. The more experienced, the more "gut" one should have. Changing specialties (surg to cardiology to EM, when PA's weren't in the ED, to primary care was always a "two steps forward, one step back" situation. You also need to factor in that for us dinosaurs we were the ones who entered into sub-specialties or areas such as EM whereas today, there really aren't any new frontiers left.
  7. There's the COVID cure! Heart attacks and trauma prevent COVID cases! I would be curious to know why out of the blue there would be fewer perceived cardiac cases, not just in your setting but elsewhere, since many are saying that their volume has decreased which by default would include cardiac cases. Less physical exertion thus less cardiac workload since folks are not at work? There are so many potential case studies out of this mess. Unfortunately while listening to the traffic reports this morning, COVID does not appear to decrease traffic accidents, even though there should be fewer vehicles on the roadway.
  8. I touched hands with a guy in a parking lot a couple weeks back, just to grab the cash he was offering for my Jeep soft top. Some things are worth the risk .
  9. You don't even have to be retired military to be unappreciated. Look at Texas.
  10. I take this to show what we've known for decades. What most people consider medical "emergencies" aren't in fact medical emergencies, otherwise they'd still be coming in.
  11. Folks need to look at the article in the Dallas Morning News about a privately owned UC organization who started COVID-19 testing without training of the staff or providing PPE. Comments allegedly from the staff and a PA are pretty damning. Not surprised at all with a privately owned setup (translation: $$$ as the primary motivation).
  12. Interesting news story here in N. Texas about a company producing plastic face masks off their 3D printer. What's unique is that they have a square cutout similar to a Darth Vader appearance over the mouth that allows for cutting up of traditional paper masks to where it fits over the square cutout essentially allowing for multiple uses of a single paper mask by cutting it up. Providing masks free of charge. https://www.fox4news.com/news/north-texas-software-company-making-3d-respirator-masks-to-help-during-covid-19-pandemic
  13. Always remember that the more you look for something, the more likely you are to find it. More testing, more positive cases; a small percentage of which at present time warrant intensive care. These are the facts that the media likes to bring attention to. It isn't that these folks aren't sick or don't matter, it's just the epidemiology of the matter. Current death rates based on confirmed cases are higher than with influenza, however if one were to test the entire population and were to find the actual number of confirmed positives, regardless of symptomatology, then I think the fatality rate would be much lower.
  14. Bingo! Doesn't matter what demographic group it is because I've played with them all. For those old enough to appreciate this statement, it sure isn't like the Marcus Welby, MD days. Addendum: The worst part of it is that you REALLY do want to help these folks and they won't let you. Ugh...
  15. Now they're realizing that even if they have the vents they don't have the RT's to manage them. Ugh...
  16. I sent an email to TAPA two days ago regarding their involvement statement in the current situation and inquired as to why there was no mention in any of the media regarding utilization of PA's? Their response was that they had just sent an email out to the legislative bodies asking for specific action on privileges and specific direction. My question is why send out the email two days ago as opposed to two weeks ago? I'm retired, but I still care enough to ask. I sent an email to a Dallas Morning News reporter this morning again asking for someone in the media to inquire of the local leadership as to why there is no mention of PA's whose training exceeds any other healthcare provider aside from the physicians. No response as of yet, or of a similar inquiry to the Dallas Co. judge or governor (I never expected them to respond). Reporter responded and essentially said good question, without a promise of follow up.
  17. Nah, I always have a lanai (balcony) with an ocean view. I'm good. You're free to party on as long as you stay on property, wherever that might be (resort, condo, house, etc.).
  18. I think that part of the gloom/doom approach that one hears in the media is dependent upon which part of the country you're talking about. When you live in a sardine container environment like NYC or the west coast then things are going to appear worse than what they do in the midwest. When over half of the national cases are in NYC I have to adjust my thought process on this. Why such a big boost in La.? Hmm, nothing ever happens there except for every soul packed in just like in NYC, etc. for Mardi Gras.
  19. So you guys are saying not to use my stimulus check to stimulate the travel industry by booking another trip to Hawaii this summer where I can be quarantined at a resort with a wonderful ocean view for two weeks? In all seriousness, I'd like to do a European river cruise but this year isn't going to be the time.
  20. Interesting video. https://nypost.com/2020/03/26/lung-damage-seen-in-recently-asymptomatic-coronavirus-patient/ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. One of my last SP's got tested yesterday here in Texas and got results back early this morning (negative).
  22. Preach it, brother! https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/03/24/coronavirus-response-us-cdc-tom-frieden-usa-today/2910582001/
  23. If you’re an exempt employee, yes, they can request this of you without altering compensation if salaried.
  24. RST will remain positive for up to two weeks post infection, so I was told by Quintel when I called company a couple of years ago.
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