Welcome to Grand Rounds Volume 3, Number 12. I know you’ve all been busy getting ready for the holiday season, and I bet you’re tired. Trimming a Christmas tree is hard work. Take a break and relax. Put on some Christmas music, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy Christmas Grand Rounds with Charlie Brown and the gang.

Editor’s Choice

I’ve received so many great submissions for this edition of Grand Rounds, and I apologize that I didn’t have room for every post. This week, I’d like to spotlight a post written by Michael Hebert from Doctor Hébert’s Medical Gumbo. The story, Dog Gone, and Back, is about hurricane Katrina, a family, and their dog. Snoopy really likes stories about dogs. I’m sure the family is having a great holiday season now that the WHOLE family is back together.

Kerri at six until me wrote
‘Twas the Night Before Work. The post is Kerri’s adaptation of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” only with a diabetes-theme. Her poem discusses a middle-of-the-night low blood sugar and the steps she takes to correct it. Our Christmas theme continues with Susan Palwick’s post, ED Christmas Sonnet. The sonnet reflects the spirit of Christmas.

Tony Chen from hospital impact writes about how giving a presentation to a group of doctors is like playing at a piano recital. He said he had a bad presentation day. It looks like Schroder is having the same kind of day.

Lucy knows that this can be a stressful time of year. That’s why she’s asked me to include a few submissions that will help people get through the holiday season. Dr. Nancy Brown from Teen Health 411 gives us some advice on how to help teenagers get through the holiday season. Our dear Doctor ‘Ebeneezer’ Dork gives us some interesting information about depression during the holidays in, Dr. Dorks Holiday Survival Guide.

The holidays can make people feel depressed, so Roy at Shrink Rap tells us about antidepressants, and about a FDA hearing that he attended. Ex Utero from Tales From the Womb sent in his submission about the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). This procedure might one day be used regularly as a treatment for depression.

Dr. George from Odysseys of George is sharing his Christmas pictures from Singapore. Take a peek and see how people from another part of the world celebrate Christmas.

Hey Charle Brown, it’s cold outside. Why isn’t Sally wearing a hat? Gerald Pugliese from DiseaseProof writes about ear infections and the over use of antibiotics in his entry, Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics. I hope Sally doesn’t get sick.

Jenni Prokopy at ChronicBabes has some last-minute shopping ideas. Jenni says that these gifts will make any woman feel healthier and more empowered, even in the dead of winter and in the midst of the holiday feeding/drinking frenzy.

If you have a nurse on your shopping list, read PixelRN’s post before putting a pair of scrubs underneath their Christmas tree.

Tara C. Smith from Aetiology writes about what NOT to buy as a Christmas gift. She warns consummers about buying exotic animals in her post, Pets ain’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Dr. Sid Schwab at Surgeonsblog
writes about “surgeons and sweetbreads.” At first, I thought the post was going to be about how to make Christmas cookies, but it’s not. It’s an educational post about the pancreas. And speaking of eating Christmas goodies over the holidays, Dr. Anonymous writes about websites that take us into the world of anorexia and bulimia, and gives us his opinion about an aritcle that was written about these websites. Doc Around the Clock is back from his extended vacation, and his submission, SCUBA Diving after Pneumothorax May be a Big Pno Pno, will make you smile. Welcome back, Doc!

Mama Mia from Dust in the Wind writes about a colleague’s surprise visit to her emergency department on Christmas morning. The visit was designed to brighten the mood of those who had to be away from their families to work on Christmas Day.

Kim from Emergiblog loves the holiday season, and tells us how she celebrates Christmas with the people in her “neighborhood.”

Franklin knows that exercise and good nutrition are essential for good health. Dr. Jolie Bookspan writes about how to eat right during the holidays in her submission, Get Muscles for Christmas.

Neonatal Doc tells us about a baby that stinks. Pig Pen really liked this story and asked me to include it in Grand Rounds. Merry Christmas, Pig Pen!

Sally is showing us the joy of receiving gifts. Health care professionals understand the joy of giving of themselves to others. These stories reflect the spirit of the holiday season.

There is no greater gift than the gift of life. Dr. Jon Mikel from Unbounded Medicine sent in this post about a woman who receives two hand transplants.

Annie at Universal Health writes about gifts that keep on giving in her post, Gift Giving the Nursing Way: Growing Your Own Garden. Her gift ideas are very special.

Green Sunflower says she wrote her entry, That Nurse, after a challenging but rewarding day at work. She shares with readers why she is a nurse.

Liana at Med Valley High sent in
Mysticism on Call. She talks about the time she gave comfort to an elderly patient. I want this young lady to be my doctor someday.

Woodstock is checking out the gifts underneath his tree. He looks very happy. These submissions are gifts to you from their contributors. I hope you enjoy reading these informative entries.

The TundraPA from Tundra Medicine Dreams writes about balancing various considerations in deciding which patients need to travel in order to receive health care.

Kt-rn writes about being a day late and a dollar short.

Rita Schwab from MSSP Nexus Blog writes about saving troubled physicians. The post contains a reference to a well-written article on the subject, and a personal account of the potential consequences of inaction. It encourages professionals to get educated; get involved; and make a difference.

Dr. Palter from docinthemachine sent a submission about medical publishing. In it, he reviews the use of electronic publishing in fiction and draws parallels to medical journals. He also reviews the major reasons why medical journals are going electronic.

Dr. Charles sent in a post about breast cancer, the New York Times, and about Pat Robertson’s age defying shake. Maybe I need some of those shakes.

Kris writes about motherhood, “behavior modification,” and saying bye-bye to butterscotch. It’s cute.

I want to thank Dr. Nick Genes for allowing me to host this week’s Grand Rounds. Next week Nick will be hosting Grand Rounds.

Woodstock and I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.