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Archive for January, 2013

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BMW stuck trunk

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I am surprised to find out how many people read my blog. (I don’t read comments because I am flooded with spam, so I apologize for anyone who has tried.) Sometimes I feel like I am talking to my imaginary friend, “Hello, Snuffleupagus!”

Tell all your friends who own a BMW to always make sure that nothing gets caught in the “soft close” trunk mechanism. My daughter’s backpack strap got caught and my trunk would not open with the key. I had to climb into the trunk, lift up the floor and couldn’t manage to figure out how to manually open the trunk. The diagram is useless in the manual. Even the AAA guy could only manage to remove the jack (we couldn’t even get that far). I read somewhere that it takes 3 people sitting on the trunk while someone else presses some lever.

I took it to the dealer the next morning and they got it open and say it is a common problem. While I like my dealer (where else can I catch up with Billboard and Black Ink magazines?), I managed to pay for an hour of labor and of course, wandered into their parts dept where I managed to spend more on cute clothes while waiting. I always see an analogy between being a medical doctor and an auto mechanic. The average person is clueless about their health/car and you are kind of at their mercy. You rely on their expertise (and hope they have it and do a good job) all while hoping they have your best interests in mind and charge you fairly. You wait in their waiting room while you stare at your phone and magazines, which seems like forever.

Bottom line is help a friend from experiencing this aggravation! As Vince Shlomi, the ShamWow and Schticky guy, says, “You know those Germans, they make good stuff!” Well, most of the time.

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Skin cancer incidence

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Skin Cancer Foundation put out a statement that the incidence of skin cancers is higher than that of breast, lung, colon and prostate combined. This does not include just melanoma, but also non-melanoma skin cancers including basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. Preventative exams are key! Not only should you have a dermatologist look at you, but get to know what your skin looks like. This can be tough in certain places, so have a loved one help, and/or use two mirrors. Things can change fast. I just had a patient who had a full exam in August, and now has multiple suspicious moles that just popped up in the past 6 months.

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It is good to be a patient

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Score!

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Hope everyone had a nice Xmas break. The blog page was corrupted for a while, so I couldn’t post anything until now. My kids enjoyed Xmas thoroughly. I think they got a little too much, considering I think I got them more in one year than I got in all Christmas’s combined. I will tell them the sad story of how mom only got one present a year from her parents and I never did get that Barbie head that you could do makeup and hair on. The above video is really amusing (IMG_1864). I call it Pulp Fiction meets Gangnam Style. Mom gets credit for the Pulp Fiction. Nanny’s friend for Gangnam Style training. Hope you enjoy it!

I spent the long holiday break cramming in lots of doctor visits and procedures. I had the pleasure of setting up the fractionated CO2 laser for Dr. Bennett and letting him “Fraxel” my face. I learned the lesson that it really does pay off to leave the numbing cream on for the full hour! My skin is really fresh and glowing and tightened up (no more jiggle!). You can see for yourself when you see me! I also had my wisdom teeth yanked, and wow, the lower one was tough. I got something called dry socket, and it is as unpleasant as it sounds.

Every time I get Botox or local anesthesia, I get to experience the pain of what my patients experience. As much as I cut on people all day and try to be gentle, it is good to be reminded how sensitive I can be to all that pain as well. I hope that just gives me a more gentle touch!

It has been a sad week though. Sad to hear about the passing of Huell Howser and Conrad Bain. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them. They were both true gentlemen, as nice in person as they seemed on TV. Mr. Bain was especially nice considering a crazed fan (ummm…that would be me) accosted him. He is a rockstar in my book. Watching those NBC shows was a true comfort in my childhood. Ironically, I’ve been lucky enough to take care of some of those people. Doubly ironic that Lydia is wearing her “Watchoo talkin’ about Willis?” T-shirt!

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