Saturday, January 21, 2006


The Cheerful Oncologist, on the woman who received a face transplant after being mauled by a dog. She's smoking! seems to me that a patient receiving a face transplant who willingly endangers her skin graft is like a lottery winner who, flush with cash, can finally begin to make arrangements to receive all that money Dr. Olu Oboba, the Nigerian Minister of Natural Resources has been begging to send him.


Blogger Joel said...

I am sure that you know how many hospitals have a smoking break, often outside, for their patients who smoke. In some of the hospitals around here, they let only the smokers go outside. More than a few bipolars in my support group have confessed that they didn't start smoking until they were locked up.

When I told my cardiologist this, he was horrified.

Here's a question for you Shrinkette: One of the local hospitals has banned smoking entirely in its psych ward. Smokers receive a patch upon arrival. (There are few sounds more agonizing than a bipolar or schizophrenic or depressive smoker suddenly deprived of her/his drug.)
What do you think about smoking in the ward?

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh... when I was in the hospital, even though it was a "smoking break," I was allowed to go out for fresh air. Not sure how fresh the air actually was since I was standing with a group of smokers...

7:20 PM  
Blogger shrinkette said...

Joel: we don't allow smoking on our wards. We try very hard to help patients so that their nicotine withdrawal symptoms aren't too bad. But it's terribly rough for many of our patients (who, since admission, have already felt overwhelmed and agitated. It makes the nicotine withdrawal seem that much worse).

8:31 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

I wonder about that. The patients are in because of psychiatric crisis. Is it wise to impose another one on them?

9:00 AM  
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8:20 AM  
Blogger Rowena Hullfire said...

My oncologist told me smoking is more addictive than heroin. I think he thought it would motivate me to quit?! Instead, it gives me yet another excuse.

10:53 AM  

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