Friday, August 24, 2007

Best Blonde Joke EVER

This has to be The Best Blonde Joke Ever.

Equipped to Survive: A trip to the ER

With all apologies to the folks over at Equipped, here are some thoughts on "surviving" a trip to your hospitals Emergency Room. Not necessarily YOUR trip, but a trip of a loved one.

As many of you know, my Mom just died after a long illness (lung cancer), and my Dad is not in the greatest of health. Over the last 18 months or so, I've probably been in the ER with one or the other nearly a dozen times. (Latest was yesterday - Dad is OK).

First - BE PREPARED to take them to the ER, or have them taken to the ER. By prepared, the Ambulance crew is going to want a few things: Their Name, Birth date (age), what medications they are taking, and known illnesses. Having this information written down ahead of time is going to save the crew a LOT of time, and they will be real happy to get it. Also, on the list - put down the names and phone numbers of their doctors (BTW, do this for yourself, your spouse and kids too).

Sometimes a simple "Oh - he has a pacemaker" can prevent them from scheduling an MRI. Or a "Hey, he has Paget's syndrome" can prevent days of worry over shadows found on his bones during a cat scan (No - it's NOT bone cancer)

So, where do you KEEP this information? Mom's Hospice folks as well as the NYC EMS crews ALL have said the same thing - put it in an envelope, and stick it to their refrigerator - with BIG letters. If they call 911, and can't tell the crew what is going on, the crew is going to check the kitchen for medicines - particularly the refrigerator for drugs that need to be kept cold. When they see the envelope - they WILL check it. It's SOP for the crews. IF there is a DNR - keep it outside the envelope, in plain site. (BTW in NY state, DNR orders have to be renewed I think it's every 30 days, and approved by an MD)

You should also keep a copy of this information where YOU can get at it. Towards the end with Mom, I actually kept copies with me at ALL times. You could get the call that they need you at the ER when you're NOT at home.

I hope all of you keep your basic medical information with you - in your wallet - your MD, your drug list, and any known problems. It can save some real problems if YOU end up in the hospital, and can make life easier even if it's just a visit to a new MD - just hand him the paper.

Friday, August 10, 2007


Today, mbUnitForms was announced. It's a port of nUnitForms. Might be a reason to switch to mbUnit

Thursday, August 09, 2007

SQL Server Monitor Gadget

Conchango today has released a SQL Server Sidebar widget. That should be fairly cool

Now if they would only let us use Vista at work

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Software - Get them while they're hot

Oooh - some new software for the development world:
NUint 2.4.2 - the defacto standard in .NET unit testing software
Code-Rush and Refactor! Pro

Barriers to Agile Development

I just ran across an interesting blog post RE the Barriers to Agile development at

barrier to agile development

Personally, I can see how Agile and TDD work. MY personal biggest barrier is that MOST of my development time these days is spent porting REAL legacy code - VB 6.0 stuff (some of which were ported to VB6 from VB3!)

I've read
Michael Feather's Working Effectively with Legacy Code and Joshua Kerievsky's Refactoring to Patterns.

The BIG problem is that there are very few tools to get VB6 fat client NON DLL applications under test before you try a port, and if you have seriously UGLY code (and some of this stuff belongs on the daily WTF) you are basically FORCED to do the port, do hundreds of minor repairs to try and get your code running, and THEN instrumenting your code. Distinctly NON optimal.

How to increase your blogging output

I saw this interesting post by Andrew Garrett on how to increase your blogging output

Mom - RIP

Well, what we knew was going to happen happened. Last week, my Mom passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.

That's about all I want to say on the blog.