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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Posted (4 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

15mo girl brought in by mom today for well child examination. Complains of a small rash to the left upper arm. There is a scaling, ring-shaped patch with central clearing. Tinea corporis, or "ringworm."

So I went and got the Woods Lamp (which is the medical name for a blacklight) and shone it at the girl and the ringworm glowed! COOL! Certain species of the dermatophyte fungus that cause tinea do glow under UV light. I immediately found every medical student within earshot and had them come and see.

Even cooler because it's easy to treat. Clotrimazole 1% cream twice daily for a month.

Does your job give you those "COOL!" moments?

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User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7367 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 2408 times:
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...sitting in the back of a Md11 that drives around the world with iPod while starring at the same graffiti of 4a2b tattooed on the 'delivering on the purple promise' poster stapled to the cockpit door and trying to focus on maps to get me from Hong Kong to Guangzhou without using their taxi driver. i carry a small travel blacklight but it's used for something else...   

Doc, I could use a norcovalliumvodka chaser right about now.   


User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 672 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

I have those moments every once in a while too.

Usually whenever I get to stick my head into a door, inlet or engine of an aircraft where 99.9% of the population never goes.

More often when I'm eating at a nice restaurant, or teeing off at a really nice golf course, with customers. My company is really nice to let me entertain where I like, and rarely questions expense reports. (I don't take advantage)

But most of all, I get to fly all over the world and make friends with people who share my love of airplanes.



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

Quoting fxramper (Reply 1):
i carry a small travel blacklight but it's used for something else...

  

Quoting fxramper (Reply 1):
Doc, I could use a norcovalliumvodka chaser right about now.

  

Never use vodka. Doesn't hide the taste of the pills. Use bourbon or scotch.

... not that I'd know...   

Be careful in that MD-11. I hear the landings can be a bit rough sometimes.  


User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

I get to see some top secret aircraft up close and personal, including some in initial construction phase that "don't exist" officially. Cool!

Of course, I cannot say a word, even to my fiance. Still cool, though!


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does your job give you those "COOL!" moments?

Yes! 6 O'clock, time to go home "COOL!"  

Nah, my jobs is normal, but I do learn some new stuff everyday.

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does your job give you those "COOL!" moments?


There are few like that Doc .... airplanes are not proud of you or loving in anyway    .. they just take more and more work. On a few occasions when I witnessed say a flight test take off after a major modification I felt proud .. but usually its just more like a "oh thank god its gone"!. I once flew on board a test flight ; during a test of the system we had installed... the pilot commented that it worked better than a Boeing installed version ... I was proud of that.

You should be proud , you get to actually help human beings with real problems ...



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7367 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
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BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!   

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/24422897/detail.html


User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Building the first of a new aeroplane type, with occasional impromptu aerobatic displays of one of the many local Spitfires or the RAF flying school flights. Definitely cool.

User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Coolest part of my job is that I get to open the vehicle entry gates remotely from my computer terminal.

Now, I must get back to my paper....


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 6):

There are few like that Doc .... airplanes are not proud of you or loving in anyway

Nor are kids. They hate me, even though I fix them when they're broken. They see me and they immediately screw up their faces and start to scream bloody murder. My older kids do actually like me, though.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 6):

You should be proud , you get to actually help human beings with real problems ...

It's a bit of a power trip. 2yo girl comes in. Looks like crap. Breathing 40 times/minute. Fever to 102. Put a stethoscope on her back and there are crackles in the left lower fields. She has pneumonia.

80 years ago, I would have admitted her to the hospital and then a bunch of us would have stood around her, wringing our hands and trying to comfort her distraught mother until she died.

Instead, I whip out a magic wand more commonly known as a "pen" and write an order. I place an IV. Ceftriaxone and fluids flow through the IV. I watch her for 6 hours and she starts to look better. I send her home with a prescription for cefdinir. 3 mL of a magical, bright-red, strawberry-flavored liquid once a day. The next day she returns to the clinic and she's smiling, running around. Looks great. Just a bit of cough. I admonish mom to finish the full course of antibiotics. I send her home.

Doc 1, Death 0.

Oh, death always wins in the end, but today I sent him running with tail tucked between his legs.

On a physician's message board, one of the docs posted a photo of a bunch of gravestones from the fall of 1906 in a small town in Tennessee. The children were all younger than 2. I wonder what it was that grim autumn in that small town. Meningoccus? Pneumococcus? Typhoid? Pertussis? Diphtheria? The town doc was powerless, the poor guy. Today, we docs wield vast powers by comparison. And when you actually get to watch that power at work and step yourselves into the poor 1906 doc's shoes, it's pretty amazing.

I go home, look myself in the mirror, and I know that I'm no corporate whore. I do good work and I enjoy it. I'm a lucky man.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2869 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does your job give you those "COOL!" moments?

I'm in the video game industry. I get to play video games months before they hit the retail shops.



"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):
I go home, look myself in the mirror, and I know that I'm no corporate whore. I do good work and I enjoy it. I'm a lucky man.


I sincerely admire the work you do.
Not that long ago I spent a week in hospital with my son as he had to go through a pretty heavy surgery that took 4 1/2 hours using microscopic instruments that most people wouldn't even know how to hold on to. And the fact that a very steady hand was mandatory for this type of surgery makes me even more humbe. I was able to see it on video afterwards. For me, as a parent, I could not thank my son's doctor enough for what he had done, and was capable of doing, but for him it was just another day at work.
What you guys are doing, in ER or wherever you work in the hospital, all respect from me to you.
I wouldn't say you are lucky as you have studied hard to get where you are today.



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):
Nor are kids. They hate me,


As a dad who was always tasked with taking the kids for there shots (mainly because I could hold them down)...... I can honestly say that you doctors are terrorists ...that's it terrorist ! 
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):
I go home, look myself in the mirror, and I know that I'm no corporate whore. I do good work and I enjoy it. I'm a lucky man.


You sure are , I try to do as much good with the money I earn from whoring .... I do , and that is rewarding , other than that its a pretty stark existence one project to the next endless.



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does your job give you those "COOL!" moments?

Well, I get paid to fly around the world, teach people how to fly, explore different cities and cultures chase around flight attendants, join the mile high club....

*wakes up*

Oh that's right, I'm an unemployed pilot   

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):

Nor are kids. They hate me, even though I fix them when they're broken. They see me and they immediately screw up their faces and start to scream bloody murder.

Hmm, the only other person I know capable of doing that is this guy:



    

(Probably only internet trolls will get it)

[Edited 2010-07-30 15:11:16]

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
I Love My Job...

It's just a shame you don't have any free time:



 



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 15):

It's just a shame you don't have any free time:

When my patients no-show, I get lots of it!

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 11):

I'm in the video game industry. I get to play video games months before they hit the retail shops.

*bows down and worships* What can I say? He's got me beat!

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 13):

As a dad who was always tasked with taking the kids for there shots (mainly because I could hold them down)...... I can honestly say that you doctors are terrorists ...that's it terrorist !

For the teenage boys, I tell them that they are going to get their teenage shots today. The needle is about this big around (I make a circle with my thumb and forefinger big enough to put a garden hose through) and a bit dull from having been used multiple times. The shot is in the butt and we're going to march them out into the hall and give them their shots in the butt with the entire set of nurses watching.

I wait a few seconds for the last traces of color to drain out of their faces and then tell them that I'm kidding. Their shots don't seem so bad after that.  

As much as pediatricians get tired of filling out sports physicals and other forms, it's a heck of a lot better than the job that poor schmuck from 1906 had.


User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Does your job give you those "COOL!" moments?

Definitely. Some of the things I've seen shipped are pretty neat (goat, macacas, P&WC engines destined for Embraer), as well as when maintenance is on board and the cowlings are opened up on the engines or they're replacing avionics, crawling up in inside the aircraft.



Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2135 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
wait a few seconds for the last traces of color to drain out of their faces and then tell them that I'm kidding. Their shots don't seem so bad after that



I always wondered why our pediatrician didn't have a giant toy needle to pull out ! I would be doing that everyday ....

Like if you were a dentists and came in with a big claw hammer and crow bar ! freaking awesome . Or a proctologist coming into the exam room with a 737 wing flap jackscrew assembly ! just for fun! dude I should have went to med school.



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2127 times:

While I don't really consider it a "job" job, it pays the bills...

I'm a composer, writing stuff for local advertising and other projects here. Recently I had a "COOL!" moment as money I make with this usually goes toward buying better songwriting equipment, and I bought this INCREDIBLE orchestra soundset at a pretty decent price. I just sat down and after 15 minutes of tinkering around with it I came up with this melody that had been stuck in my head for a while...

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1372049589659&saved
(Hopefully that works, let me know if not)

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 18):

I always wondered why our pediatrician didn't have a giant toy needle to pull out ! I would be doing that everyday ....

Messing with teenagers' minds isn't just a part of the job, it's a perk!  


User currently offlineaero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2106 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 14):
join the mile high club....

I knew you couldn’t resist saying something that included............ sex. 


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2093 times:

Quoting aero145 (Reply 21):

I knew you couldn’t resist saying something that included............ sex.

Well as a.net's resident pervert it is my duty to do so 


User currently offlineaero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2077 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 22):
Well as a.net's resident pervert it is my duty to do so 

Wise words sir, wise words!  So how’s it going with the revving-to-6500 rpm Ibiza?  


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2067 times:

Quoting Airport (Reply 19):

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1372049589659&saved
(Hopefully that works, let me know if not)

Oooh! I like! A bit reminiscent of John Williams.


25 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : Our cat Walker got ringworm last spring, and the type he had didn't immediately glow under the Woods Lamp. Our vet sent it off for a culture because
26 asuflyer05 : I've been with my lady friend for nearly 3 years. She is a telemetry RN. I'm convinced doctors and nurses are angels.
27 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Still in love with the car.
28 MCOflyer : I do agree with doc on that I love my job. I volunteer for my local humane society and my job is to scoop litter, feed the cats, do dishes, and watch
29 Fly2HMO : Uhm, what ever happened to driving big rigs?
30 MCOflyer : I did that for three months and came off the road for health reasons. I'll do it again in two years. KH
31 Post contains images Andz : With English like that did you go to school at all?
32 Maverick623 : It's alright. Most medical terms are in Latin and Greek anyways. And have you ever been able to read a doctor's prescription?
33 DocLightning : Part of the reason you can't read is that it IS in Latin shorthand.
34 iairallie : I've had lots of amazing moments on and off the plane in 10 years of flying. Canoeing in Australia, Hiking in Hawaii, horseback riding in Bahrain, and
35 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Join the club
36 Post contains images Maverick623 : Still doesn't excuse that I can't make out individual letters, even if I don't understand the whole thing. Seriously, how's a guy supposed to forge h
37 MingToo : There are 3 possible rewards for working: 1. Financial 2. Intellectual 3. Emotional There are very few jobs that give you all three of these, yours i
38 bookishaviator : I quite dislike my paying job - despise it, almost. Luckily it affords me the ability to pursue a pilot licence in my spare time. Add a couple of volu
39 Post contains images GrahamHill : I don't think my job is as rewarding as yours, but I have my share of good moments too
40 seattle : My job is extremely boring. Driving Union Pacific freight trains around the buttcrack of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Every once and a while some f
41 Post contains links and images pilotdude09 : Another train driver!, We drive 30,000 ton 2.5km ore trains round in the middle of nowhere (red dirt and red hills), pretty boring stuff too For anyo
42 Post contains images YVRLTN : I dont know that I love it exactly as it can be pretty stressful, but it is kinda cool that pretty much anything you go and buy from a store was shipp
43 KiwiRob : I love my job as well, the pay is good, I get to travel, smashed my anual target 6 weeks ago, this week after 3 weeks on holiday I came back to work a
44 DocLightning : It looks like beautiful countryside. Look on the bright side: the view out of my office is a parking lot. That said, I drive 50 miles to work through
45 DocLightning : Wait. Why did it get the A380 sticker?
46 Post contains images YVRLTN : Because it was going to Boeing
47 DocLightning : Saw a case of ringworm in the scalp today. Pulled out the wood's lamp and the thing lit up like the Las Vegas Strip. Took a scraping and looked under
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