Happy Birthday, PharmMom!

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Pardon me for taking up science blogging space today to send out special wishes of love and congratulations for my Mom on the occasion of her birthday-of-special-note.
The artwork provided by her granddaughter above (©2010 PharmKid) contains a subliminal message about the significance of today’s birthday. I will have the pleasure of delivering the original work of the artist to the birthday girl this weekend.
For those of you who don’t know PharmMom, she’s nothing short of incredible having raised my sister, then deciding when we were in elementary school that she wanted to serve the greater good as a registered nurse, earning an AA degree while she also worked nights in the ER.
She closed the books on a three decade career in nursing a couple of years ago and retired with my stiefvater to Santa Fe, Mew Mexico. She worked in emergency medicine, urology, cardiac intensive care, and completed her career working in clinical trials coordination for patients with HIV/AIDS. She continues to do health screening in her new community for the Lion’s Club and other organizations.
Being a parent now give me even more appreciation for how hard this must’ve been for her to be so dedicated to her patients and be a great Mom, involved in our activities and pushing us academically.
Mom’s also a 26-year breast cancer survivor and her example – and personal cancer pharmacology experience – led me to pursue my career in cancer research. Much of what I am today is due to her example of strength and persistence.
So, Happy Birthday, Mom! I can’t wait to see you!

Dan Fogelberg, Valentine’s Day, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation

danandjean.jpgIt seems that everyone in the sci/med blogosphere is offering Valentine’s posts reflecting their areas of professional interest. So, here’s mine:
Your humble Pharmboy came of age with glam, punk, and New Wave music but thanks to PharmMom, RN, and her then-college-aged ER co-workers, I have a soft spot for 70s soft-rocking singer-songwriters. Yes, Jim Croce, John Denver, James Taylor, and Dan Fogelberg.
So it was with great interest and nostalgia that I opened this e-mail a few days ago from the Prostate Cancer Foundation:

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Happy Birthday PharmMom, RN!

Dear Mom,
I was still sick all day on our first day back from vacation. However, I just wanted you to know that we are all thinking of you for your birthday today hoping, especially, that the celebration included healthy doses of Chimayo Cocktails!
Love,
The Black Sheep of Your Family

Change of Shift nursing blog carnival: new issue now live!

As PharmMom is a retired nurse and some of my favorite health sciences students have been nurses, it is always my pleasure to promote Kim at Emergiblog. It’s always worth a trip over if for nothing other than her vintage nursing and pharmaceutical advertisements.
The second issue of her newly-established nursing blog carnival, Change of Shift, is now live. Check it out for some fresh bloggy goodness of the nursing profession.
Navelgazing Midwife puts up a nice but somewhat chilling narrative on the continued shortage of labor and delivery services in New Orleans. Thanks for being there.