Band of the Day

Music has become probably the only saving grace for me when it comes to making it through the day here at work. With all of the constant bombardments from patients and pharmaceutical companies, sometimes you need a little something to escape for a little bit… maybe something to get you into the groove and process all the paperwork you have to do rather quickly.

As I’ve posted previously, Pandora usually fulfills my musical needs. But, after receiving a desparate plea from Pandora’s founder to stop listening to so much damn music I’ve had to find other avenues. (I’ll post the actual email later this weekend). lets you search for any song by any artist and lets you listen to it streaming. From here you can add it to your own playlist and share it with the rest of the community. They’ve even added some social networking capabilities via meebo. So you can now talk to those who discover your playlist! It’s pretty neat.

Anyway, this brings me to The Band of The Day. Every once in a while, I get in a mood where I just want to hear every single song by one band to see how the “other songs on the albums” are.

Today’s band of the day is Paramore. I’m almost through the entire list, and let me tell you, It certainly doesn’t disappoint. I don’t think I skipped a song for not liking the sound or words! I might have to buy some albums on itunes. Though newer stuff hasn’t made it on this list yet. You can’t beat a hot rocker chick with an absolutely amazing voice and blond red hair singing to my heart’s content. I want a Hayley!

Check out what I’m listening to here!

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FTDO: An Angry Doctor

There are daily trials and tribulations at any job. But, when you have to deal with other people, these daily challenges become a bit amplified. Today my coworker was dealing with a pharmaceutical company. She had ordered some insulin for the patient a few weeks ago and it had yet to arrive.

Upon calling to find out the status of shipment, the customer service rep gave her some lame explanation as to why the order was cancelled. And then! They requested that the doctor had to write a letter explaining why we were ordering the insulins at a separate time! Uh, because the patient was just put on the additional therapy maybe?

In any case, as the resident English major, I get to write letters. I enjoy this because for those brief minutes, I am Doctor So-and-So writing you to SHIP MY DAMN MEDICINE. So today, I was feeling rather sarcastic, and wrote up this mock draft of what I really wanted to say. (Of course the real letter is much more professional… but saying the same thing!)

To Whom It May Concern:

 This letter is in reference to product requests for my patient.

 You have got to be kidding me. I’m a fucking doctor and I need to write a letter explaining why the hell YOU guys can’t get your act together. Why do I have to sit here and write a letter explaining why I gave this patient another insulin? Because he fucking needs it! Or in medical terms, his fucking pancreas sucks ass and doesn’t produce enough insulin.

 So I’d appreciate if all of you at Novo would just back the fuck off and stop wasting my time making me write letters explaining decisions that are based off of a 250,000 education, not to mention the 10 plus years I have in the field.

 Anyway, I need to get back to actually saving peoples’ lives. Send that medication, or I will cut you.

 Please accept this letter as a valid explanation of the discrepancy, and ship the patient’s requested product upon receipt.


Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 The Doctor

Gets the point across rather colorfully, don’t you think?

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The Heap Presents: The Recycling Project

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This might be the closest to a “green” movement you’ll ever see here on The Heap.

No, we aren’t talking about knowing which products go in the blue or white bin. Or even remembering to put the recycling bins out on a weekly basis. (Though The Heap does recommend and smile upon recycling- it’s less trash for him!) It’s much more personal than that. It’s time to get rid of The Heap’s heap of a mid-section.

Today, August 1st, is the official start date for my diet, though I actually started earlier this week… to kind of ease into it. Ive been doing well, no super strong cravings yet. In fact, I’ve been able to stave off temptations at work!

My diet of choice is the trusty Weight Watchers. WW was quite effective for me when I last was on it in summer of ’06, so I’m hoping to see better results that I don’t have to go back to school and battle the lovely temptations of SDH.

So, you can count on a weekly report: The Recycling Project for a journal-like entry of how I am doing, a breakdown of my daily point consumption, and weight loss.

I’m shooting for the 230’s by Christmas time!

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Starting at 270 as of today! (Which was actually a lot lower than I thought I was!) SO a loss of 40 lbs. in 5 months is certainly do-able! Especially with my vigorous exercise regimen known as The Trash, I do 5 times a week. I’m excited.

Wish me luck.

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