Posts Tagged ‘Blog Carnival’

Coming soon to a computer near you!

June 7, 2010

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, Adventures of a Funky Heart! will host GRAND ROUNDS, the weekly blog carnival that highlights the best medical writing in the Blogosphere! This is one of the few times that Grand Rounds has been hosted by a non-medical website – it’ll be a lot of fun to have everyone dropping by!

What is a “Blog Carnival”, exactly? It’s almost like an online magazine: a collection of links to posts on various blogs all built around a single theme. The name comes from a blog named Carnival of the Vanities, one of the first blogs to gather links together as a theme.

Funky Heart! has hosted a Congenital Heart Defect Blog Carnival before, click HERE to read it and get a good feel for what a Blog Carnival looks like. You can also catch this week’s edition of Grand Rounds at MDiTV.

Entry guidelines for this edition of Grand Rounds can be foundby clicking  THIS LINK.

Grand Rounds Selection!

April 20, 2010

The Day is off to a great start here in Philadelphia, as I’ve learned that not one, but two Funky Heart! entries have been selected for inclusion in Grand Rounds!

Grand Rounds is a blog carnival that gathers the BEST medical writing by MDs and informed patients – I’m glad to be included in such great company!

She blinded me with SCIENCE!

April 5, 2010

A recent Funky Heart! post has been included in the 24th edition of Scientia Pro Publica, a blog carnival dedicated to scientific subjects written for the layman. Scientia Pro Publica is being hosted this week at 360 Degree Skeptic, the blog of a former professor of psychology at Daytona State College.

Do you come from a land down under…

March 7, 2010

… where SurgeXperiences is being hosted this week at the blog Life in the Fast Lane?

SurgeXperiences is the blog carnival that brings you the best in medical writing from the surgeon’s point of view every two weeks! Renew your passport, book a flight and see what’s going on in the surgical world today!


SurgeXperiences 312

December 12, 2009

We open this edition of SurgeXperiences with an explanation and an apology: Apparently the software behind Blogcarnival.Com – the company that gathers submissions and forwards them to the carnival host – had a hiccup and vaporized all of the SurgeXperiences submissions.

So most of the posts that appear in this edition were selected from the blogs that appear on Jeffery Leow’s blogroll. If you sent in a submission and it does not appear here, I apologize. And if you did not submit, or submitted something else, again I apologize.

Our first post is  CHD is my life, an account of life with a Congenital Heart Defect written by Lauren, a 22-year-old Survivor who blogs at Lauren’s Heart. Every day she sees her scars – and is reminded that without those scars, her voice would be silent.

Over at Joey M.D., Joey’s mom was unfortunately cartwheeled by a motorcycle and needed hip replacement surgery. She’s fine, thankfully, but it got Joey to thinking about the different types of hip replacement surgery available.

Mike over at Adventures in Anesthesia (get Funky with it, Mike! Put an exclamation point on the end of that title!) reflects about his job on the night shift at a Level One Trauma Center. Some nights are busy while others aren’t. There’s no rhyme, reason, or pattern; that’s just the way it is. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

ERP, who usually blogs at ER Stories but is working a shift in Whitecoat’s Call Room, is working on the first Ice Day of the year. Foot meets ice; arm meets pavement, patient meets ERP. It’s a logical progression, just like day follows night and indigestion follows a spicy meal.

Gizabeth of Methodical Madness attempts to reassure a patient, but it backfires. As my father is fond of saying, “Minor surgery is any surgery that happens to someone else.”

Grab your Phaser, blaster, ray gun, or whatever you happen to have lying around, the Israelis are going to show us how to close an incision with a laser. Dr. Rob of Plastic Surgery 101 is still scratching his head about it.

Josh is back! His blog The Alley finds him in Afghanistan, healing both injured military and local citizens. A wounded Airman needs blood and he needs it quickly, and within minutes the donors are lining up. No one stands as tall as the one who kneels to help.

“It’s bad, Doc,” the Paramedic tells StorytellERdoc. He was wrong; it’s not bad, it’s horrible, and the only thing StorytellERdoc can really do is to hold the phone for the most important call of a burn victim’s life.

Orac of Respectful Insolence takes a look at the new USPSTF guidelines concerning Breast Cancer and Mammography and makes a point that has nothing to do with healthcare reform or politics: They don’t work for African-American Women.

Button, button, who’s got the button? Oystein of The Sterile Eye has the button, and he uses it as a “Child Distraction Device” to get the perfect photograph. I wonder how you code that for billing.

Ramona Bates of Suture for a Living submits a case report of cystosarcoma phyllodes that includes an eye-opening photograph. You almost have to ask: Farmer Jones, didn’t you notice  something about your wife that wasn’t quite…. normal?!?

One pissed off dude. One loaded shotgun. Bongi of Other Things Amanzi is there to pick up the pieces.

Dr. Alice, who blogs over at Cut on the Dotted Line, receives some “friendly” advice while she’s in the middle of a laparoscopic case. A lot of advice! Thankfully her back seat drivers didn’t distract her too badly!

Don’t you just hate school reunions? At least you can quietly smirk when you realize the sports hero now has quite a bit of a waistline. Dr. Cris of Scalpel’s Edge attended her medical school 10 year reunion and realized that achieving your goals could mean a lot of compromise.

KC of Mothers in Medicine gives us a moment by moment look at  an (average?) day in the life of a Neurosurgeon… and at the end of the day, wonders if this is the life for her. She sounds like an excellent doctor. Hang in there, KC; the world needs more like you.

And finally, Steve of Adventures of a Funky Heart! invites you to step into his Time Machine as he takes you into a 1967 Operating Room. But not just any Operating Room – Steve is the patient! Stand close and watch as Dr. Vincent Gott shows you they did heart surgery in the good ol’ days.

The archives of SurgeXperiences are stored here (Season 2) and here (Season 1), along with a schedule of dates and host sites. You can also subscribe via RSS or email to SurgeXperiences over at this link. And of course, you can submit your best VIA THIS FORM.

As the curtain comes down on this special CHD edition of SurgeXperiences, your host would like to remind you that 1 child out of every 125 is born with a Congenital Heart Defect… but through advances in Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Congenital Cardiac Care, we’re living longer and more productive lives!

We thank you so much for all you and your colleagues have done for us;

With Special Guest Star….

December 11, 2009

Coming up on Adventures of a Funky Heart!….

On Sunday, December 13, 2010, Funky Heart! will host SurgeXperiences, THE premier Surgical Blog Carnival! Be sure to stop in and read the very best writing by Bloggers who really know how to make a cutting remark! As far as I know, this will be the first time that someone with no medical training hosts SurgeXperiences!

And on Tuesday, December 15, 2010, we’ll feature an interview with Heart Warrior and award-winning musician Paul Cardall! Paul is recovering from a recent heart transplant and writes the blog Living for Eden. His latest album, Sacred Piano,  recently spent 20 weeks on the Billboard New Age Music charts and reached #5!

All that and more, so stay tuned!

Chronic Babes and Funky Hearts

November 18, 2009

Jenni Prokopy, writer of the Chronic Babe blog (and the Chronic-Babe-in-charge herself!) as selected a Funky Heart post for the 12th edition of Patients for a Moment!

Patients for a Moment is a blog carnival dedicated to the experience of the patient. Click on over to Chronic Babe and read some of the best writing by the people who fight their illness on a personal level. And if you are a young lady living strong in spite of a chronic illness, look around the Chronic Babe site. In addition to being a Funky Heart, you very well could be a Chronic Babe also!

And don’t forget that submissions are still being accepted for the CHD Blog Carnival. The deadline is November 25 and the subject is “How a Heart Defect affects my life.”

Your Contributions Needed!

November 9, 2009

It’s time for another CHD Blog Carnival! For those of you who may not know what a blog carnival is, it is like a magazine: different articles are provided by various writers, but all of them focus on the same idea or subject. The name come from the very first collection of like minded blogger links: it was hosted by a blog named “Carnival of the Vanities.”

If you are a CHD blogger, all you need to do is write a post on the chosen subject, and forward the link to me. I’ll put all the links together and present them as our work, and every writer will get credit and his/her blog mentioned. If you need an example of a blog carnival, click HERE for the carnival based on the patient’s experiences,  Patients for a Moment; click HERE for Grand Rounds, which is the best known medical blog carnival; or click HERE for the Nurse’s edition, Change of Shift.

Please note there has been a subject change: The subject of this edition of the CHD Blog Carnival is “How a heart defect affects my life”, so please make your contribution on that subject. When you are ready to submit, send the following information to me:

Your name

Your blog name

The URL of the post you are submitting

The title of the post you are submitting

Type CHD Carnival Submission in the heading line and that’s it!

Send it to Wildca   t3@gm (spaced strangely to make the spammers scream; remove all spaces for the correct address)

The deadline is November 25, 2009, and the carnival will be published on November 30.

Have Patients (for the Moment)

August 26, 2009

I just got in from Atlanta, road weary and ready to call it a day, but look! The 6th Edition of Patients for a Moment is out, posted over at Emergiblog!

Go, read! We’ll talk tomorrow!

Patients for a Moment: The Fifth Edition

August 11, 2009

Welcome to the Fifth Edition of Patients for a Moment, the Blog Carnival for, by, and about the most overlooked participant in medicine – the patient. If you enjoy the Doctor’s blog carnival, Grand Rounds, or Change of Shift (Which highlights the Nursing field) read on and see things from our point of view for just a little while.

Laurie Edwards has taken a day or so away from A Chronic Dose to take a “working vacation” – a phrase that usually means “Same life, different zip code” – but now she’s back and has been contemplating Illness vs Disability. What defines these two states? Can you be one, but not the other?

Liz Schau of Dear Thyroid is less-than-impressed with her “roommate”, the unwelcome guest in her life in her essay Oh, dear thyroid, can’t we please gland along? Like the unwanted house guest, it just won’t go away… and like fish and relatives, it begins to stink after three days!

Rachel B. of Rachel’s Diabetes Tales has recently come to understand that Owning My Expertise also means using it – for the good of others. Chronic Illness bloggers are strong advocates for living our lives with (or in spite of) our individual circumstances. If we can help someone else understand our lives, the road gets a little easier for those who come after us.

Someone asked Kairol Rosenthal of Everything Changes What’s so funny about Cancer? Ummm… Kairol, I’m glad this is your question! Suddenly I’m out of my depth. Somehow, I just don’t think this subject is a laugh a minute…

In the midst of her battle with chronic pain, Barbara Kivowitz of In Sickness and In Health finds solace in a familiar Anthem. Music can instantly transport you to another time and place: Whenever I hear a certain 1980’s tune I am back in college; a few years before the heart operation that almost killed me. No pacemaker, no stroke, no chest infection, one pill a day. I want to tell my younger self, Slow down, man; enjoy it. These are the days that dreams are made of.

Duncan Cross asks “How’d she die?” in reaction to some of the “misinformation” *cough*bullcrap*cough* being spread about the Federal Health Care Proposal. Instead of avoiding the subject of death – or lying about it – we need to talk it out and make some important decisions. This ain’t no dress rehearsal, friends.

Leslie Rott of Getting Closer to Myself has been pegged with the 710 tag and it won’t go away. Everyone Wants To Be A 10, But No One Wants To Be A 710 is the story of how she is slowing turning herself back into a 10. Go forth and read; she’ll be happy to explain.

A reader thinks that Aviva of Sick Momma doth complaineth too much, so she asks To Whine Or Not to Whine? That Is The Question. It’s my experience that the big things never bother you – the little, everyday crap that you have to do over and over and over again is what drives you nuts!

Selena Kerrbs Inouye of  Oh My Aches And Pains! sends her account of delayed-reaction Survivor’s Guilt in My Routine: Working on Letting Go of Some Old Routines. Beating Survivor’s Guilt is a hard road, but Selena is taking it one step at a time.

Lisa, author of All That and a Box of Rocks, sends us Back to School (with Patients). Like moms everywhere, Lisa is beginning to think about sending her young son to school this fall. But this isn’t your ordinary school age child… and Lisa isn’t an ordinary mother.

Evan Falchuk of the See First Blog offers his take on denial (not the one near the Sphinx and the pyramids) in Denying Illness. Have a problem, fix the problem… seems logical enough, but fear can make you avoid the issue.

Barbara Olson of Florence dot com has already read Leslie Rott’s Patients for a Moment submission and comments on her own frustrating encounter with the health care system in It’s all in the Numbers. Barbara never sat on the examining table and never disrobed, yet was diagnosed with TWO medical conditions. Once again, we’re reduced to a series of billing numbers. My name is Steve, remember that. I am not 746.1 (Tricuspid Atresia, Congenital)

Your humble host, Steve of Adventures of a Funky Heart!, reaches back in time to highlight an unsung hero in Thirteen lights. He was just an ordinary man in an ordinary job; he probably had no idea how many lives he changed.

And with that, Patients for a Moment: The Fifth Edition comes to a close. Thank you so much for dropping by! Kim, the Head Nurse of Emergiblog will be your host next time; the deadline for submissions to her blog is August 23rd!