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When I looked into a marketing site, I gave my URL for this blog. NOT SMART. I didnt check it out well enough, new that I am, to blogging. It is only an MLM that puts you in a downline. Please be careful new bloggers. The name of the site was HIT2U and offered traffic generation. I quickly cancelled and am waiting for a legitimate response still. …………sigh! The Learning Curve Has Begun……..

Grandfather

A picture of my Grandfathers mother and her sisters.

This is a picture my grandfather recieved from his sister Diana. He wrote on the back the information he had about it.  Marian was his mother. She would have been the one standing. My grandfather was actually taken to Canada by his father while very young and separated from his sisters for over 30 years,  . It was not the best circumstances.  I think it is admirable that my grandfather became a successful engineer in British Columbia despite the upheaval in his upbringing.  He designed many bridges in BC.

I listened to stories my grandfather told me, and loved to hear them over and over. One story was about when he was a captain on a ship during World War 2. They had shot down a German plane and some of the crew were floating in a raft. My grandfather said it was customary  to rescue them and the officers were kept in quarters with the officers of the ship and the others were kept in like quarters. At one meal the German officers were sitting with him at the table for a meal. Someone decided to put hot sauce in their food. The German officers ate the food, hot sauce and all and never showed any sign of pain. I think thats a pretty mild form of prisoner abuse yes, but years later, this same officer found my grandfather and gave him a painting that he did.

It showed the men in a life raft with a search light on them being rescued by the Canadian ship. He thanked my grandfather for saving their lives.

Family

In the next few days I will tell some of the story of my family, both my mothers and fathers side. The links between them over the generations make an interesting argument that we are likely to move through the generations somehow connecting and reconnecting with groups of people staying linked directly and indirectly though.not intentionally. Even when thousands of miles and hundreds of years separate us.

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Super Crunchers: stories of numbers

There is a really interesting book called “Super Crunchers”. I found it enlightening and relevant. In the book, among other number crunching applications, statistic based medical diagnosis is discussed. “House” was inspired by Lisa Sanders’ “Diagnosis” column in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Before becoming a doctor Lisa was an Emmy Award winning producer for CBS.
The following medical fact from the book is shocking. An Austrian physician Ignaz Semmelweis in the early 1840’s studied the rate of mortality in a maternity ward. He realized that mortality rates went from 12 to 2 percent when the doctors washed thier hands before seeing a patient. Unbelievable to us today, but at the time doctors complained that it was a waste of their time and the doctor who first advocated hand washing was eventually fired and died in a mental hospital at 47.

We have had handwashing campaigns going on at our hospital a few times over the years. It is still human nature to disregard this evidence and patients still get infections at injection sites.

Sigh……Its all too much sometimes.