Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Monday, April 28, 2014


Should You or Should You NOT…


---I have been bouncing around questions like this for a long time. These are only from a resident’s perspective. My ''clout - level'' is zero...don't worry.

---I feel that everyone should do things that they like to do. I think that in this way folks put more care into their work, and the final product reflects the quality. Conversely, if folks don’t really care much for what they do, it is, also, reflected in the final product.

---I think that this particularly holds true when one does nursing type of work. You can easily see when a patient is taken care of by someone who cares for his patients. Conversely, again, one can easily see it in those patients who have a care partner who is removed, aloof and, basically, phones in his care.


1. I think that it is very important that one knows why he feels called to this kind of life of service?

ResidentPerspectiveAnswer: One must know that it is a service and requires much giving on the part of he/she that considers this life.

~The more one knows himself, the better he does.

2. It can be a thankless type of endeavor if you are looking for immediate gratification in your life.

RPA: If you’re looking for an easy way to spend your time, this is NOT it. The rewards are beyond imagination if you understand the rewards of service oriented employment. If it is vocational to you and not just a job…you will fare pretty well. If it is just a job, then you would be better serviced in another line-of-work.

---If you honestly like older folks and feel they have something to offer…you are welcomed with open arms. If you want a friend and someone to help reach their potential with what they are able to do, ''by all means,'' your skills are welcomed, also. If you don’t like old people and resent them in someway…then, maybe you should think of another line-of-work. There is NO shame, just NOT a good fit.

---If you feel that involvement in this type of work would feel right for you, then I would say, ‘’what are you waiting for?’’ If you see this as a bunch of tasks that needs to get done and feel NO engagement with the folks you work for/with is necessary…then, maybe you shouldn’t be here.

---We need workers who get what it is about on the frontlines. We need care partners who are concerned for the wellbeing of the patients involved. This is the top priority. Their own concerns are second-in-line. They are a team for the 8 hours they spend together. The patient depends on you.

One should consider this type of work if one genuinely wants to see his patients thrive.

One should NOT consider this type of work if one just wants a job to make ends meet. One would make many folks happy…and that includes himself, if one looks elsewhere for employment.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dr. Victoria Sweet - Guggenheim Fellowship


Victoria Sweet

2014 - US & Canada Competition
Creative Arts - General Nonfiction



Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in medical history. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing.

In God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead, 2012), Dr. Sweet laid out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some new ideas about medicine. In trying to get control of healthcare costs by emphasizing "efficiency," she explained, we headed down the wrong path. Medicine works best—that is, arrives at the right diagnosis and the right treatment for the least amount of money—when the doctor has enough time to do a good job, and can pay attention not only to the patient but to what's around the patient. Dr. Sweet calls this approach "Slow Medicine" and believes that, put into wider practice, it would be not only more satisfying for patient and doctor, but also less expensive for the healthcare system as a whole. She thinks of this as the "Efficiency of Inefficiency."

The New York Times has called her ideas "hard-core subversion"; Vanity Fair judged God's Hotel to be a "radical and compassionate alternative to modern healthcare"; and Health Affairs described Dr. Sweet as a "visionary." God's Hotel won the Gold Medal for Nonfiction of the 82nd Annual California Book Award and was short-listed for the prestigious PEN/Galbraith award as well as for the PEN/USA award in research nonfiction.

Dr. Sweet has also won the Estes Award, Stannard Memorial Award, Shryock Medal, Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award in Poetry, Carl Harpruder Award in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Fairclough Prize in Classical Greek. She has been received grants from the Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation and the American Association for the History of Medicine, as well as a Francis Fellowship and the President's Research Fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco.

She is now working on her next book, Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Healing, Curing and Caring in an Age of Technology.

Victoria Sweet's TEDx talk

Friday, April 25, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014


Wellness (click)
---By clicking above one is able to read a short bit about all seven individual pieces that make up this ''Circle of Wellness.''
Intellectual, Emotional, Social, etc.
---Link (well-worth following)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014



--What is Unconditional Love? It is Love with no conditions. You are Loved as you are. There is Nothing one has to do to ''earn'' this Love. One is simply Loved as he or she is. One can even say, one is Loved because one is. This is a true statement and doesn't take anything into account, as that would be a condition.

---This kind of Love is attributed to God or something that does not judge you. (If you are still into GOD and JUDGMENT...please learn how ALL that really works.) It is the kind of Love that Loves you and who you are and sees what you may have done as something you are working on [the details if you will].

---We ALL fall into this category, and are Loved Unconditonally. We are always Loved Unconditionally. We are ''good enough'' and ''accepted.'' So is everyone else. There is no one who falls outside of this. That is the way it is. Here is the ''rub.'' We can ''feel'' we are outside of this Love.

---As an analogy, to make this clear, we will think of the Sun shining. It is a sunny day. Now we can choose to be in the sunshine or not. We can go behind a tree, go inside, etc. Somewhere the sun is not shining. We can get out of the sunshine.

---It is the same with Love. We can be where the Love is or go to places where we can not see the Love shine. It must be noted here that the Love, like the sun, may be shining, but we have ''CHOSEN'' not to be in it. We also CANNOT ''BLAME'' the sun for not giving us a tan if we are not in it. If we spend our time in the shade, we cut down on the amount of the sun we experience. We must also understand that the Love shines everywhere. It is us who ARE or ARE NOT involved in ''IT'' All situations and circumstances. Learning the ways of Love reaps benefits.

---Many of us seem to have given this Unconditional Love some kind of personality that we have projected on ''IT'' and then we think ''IT'' doesn't Love us or even Like us very much. This is not True. If we know the ways of love...then we can make our lives ALL about Love. We have to learn to de-personalitize this Unconditional Love for us to see It in All its Glory. I read somewhere,''get to Know Yourself and you will get to know what LOVE is All about.'' The more one understands himself, the easier it is to see the difference between the Ego and LOVE. Be Well.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


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