Inkwell: Authors and Artists
lameness is celestial (chel) Mon 4 Sep 00 15:01
Doc Flash! It sounds like you have just the right thing to say to those kids - a great way to explain drugs, I think... So back to the BOOK - what was the process like of taking it from separate columns into a book - how did the project happen?
flash gordon md (flash) Mon 4 Sep 00 23:21
it was not particularly difficult. the publisher of citybike called me up and said that whitehorse press, which is probably the best-known publisher of motorcycling books in the u.s., had called asking if they could make my columns into a book. at first, i was a little suspicious -- "is this, like, a vanity press? do i have to pay to publish it?" "no." "do i have to rewrite stuff?" "no." "do i have to collect my old columns?" "no." "well, what do i have to do?" "you just say it's ok, and we'll collect all the columns and pay for all the art work and when it sells, they send you money." not a tough decision. %^)
Undo Influence (mnemonic) Tue 5 Sep 00 07:11
flash, can you say more about being a doctor who's also been a patient? You said you had had a bunch of angioplasties -- did the need for them come along in a routine checkup, or were you having symptoms, or what?
flash gordon md (flash) Tue 5 Sep 00 10:29
i was up at the big kite festival in long beach, washington, and developed rapidly increasing chest pain on exertion. i came back to s.f. and had my first of a number of angioplasties. after that, i'd have recurrent symptoms every now and then and would go in to get another one or two vessels roto-rootered out. i was 38 when i had my first one. i think it's important for folks to be aware that you don't have to be an old fart to have heart problems. even relatively young farts can have 'em, too. know your risks. check your cholesterol. be aware of your family history. don't smoke, or if you do, switch to a nicotine inhalation system that doesn't use tobacco. get regular exercise. take care of your teeth (there's a correlation between gum disease and heart disease. eat right. get enough sleep. avoid undue stress. believe it or not, these things really help.
lameness is celestial (chel) Tue 5 Sep 00 18:43
maaaan, you're asking too much!!! so do you find yourself able to do all this stuff? (eat right, etc?) - and I think what <mnemonic> was also asking was: what was it like to be under another Doc's care? Did you question what they were doing? Were you able to direct them - "oh hey, you missed a spot!" - was it weird to be on the other side of the relationship?
flash gordon md (flash) Wed 6 Sep 00 10:44
i recall during one of the angioplasties, they turned a set of the monitors towards me so i could see the fluoroscope images and watch 'em putting in all the tubes and wires and stuff. i could also see my ekg and my arterial pressure readings on another screen. i was watching this, in a kind of "watching a TV show" mindset, when i noticed that the ekg had gone flatline. so had the arterial pressure. i tapped on one of the leads on my chest to see if it was equipment failure: nope, the jiggle showed up just fine. i was about to yell "hey, ralph!! it stopped!!" when i remembered my assignment for the week in the type-A behavior modification course i was taking. we were supposed to find a situation when we were going to act like typical, pushy, loud, type A's, and stop and think what a type B personality would do, and then do it. so i paused, and decided i would say something like "excuse me, ralph, but how long do you typically tolerate asystole (no heart beat) in these situations?" i opened my mouth and just then there was this voice from overhead -- kind of like the Voice o' God (but in this case coming from a speaker) which said, laconically "pacing." unbeknownst to me, there was a guy in the next room watching all this and keeping track of the monitors. when he saw the heart stop (which it did on occasion when they put the tubes down in the coronary arteries) he just activated the temporary pacemaker which had been inserted earlier. so, of course, my heart started beating nice and regularly, and continued (at least up 'til now) after the tubes were removed. one of the nice things about this experience (other than my heart starting up -- a Good Thing) was the type A class the following week. here i was, surrounded by folks intent at changing their behavior because it would reduce their risk of heart disease. we were talking about how we'd done our homework assignment. one woman said "i was driving on the golden gate bridge and somebody cut right in front of me at the toll plaza. i was about to honk and shout at him, but thought of our assignment; relaxed; and let him in." another talked about controlling himself when the person ahead of him at safeway had 11 items in a 9 item express line. my story was the best.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Wed 6 Sep 00 10:59
excessively heterosexual (saiyuk) Wed 6 Sep 00 11:31
Jeez. I'll say.
lameness is celestial (chel) Wed 6 Sep 00 11:36
no kidding. jeez, flash!! So what prompted you to take this Type A Behavior Modification class??
Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 6 Sep 00 13:48
Your story is STILL the best!
Linda Castellani (castle) Sat 9 Sep 00 00:14
So, flash and chel, I want to thank you for participating in inkwell the last two weeks! You are welcome to continue for as long as you like...
David Gans (tnf) Sat 9 Sep 00 00:34
Yes, thank you and please stick around!
lameness is celestial (chel) Sun 10 Sep 00 13:58
Thanks for having us! Sorry to get so quiet there at the end - thanks for being such a patient interviewee, dr. flash!
Linda Castellani (castle) Sun 10 Sep 00 16:18
And if you'd like to tell us more about your book, we'd love to hear!
flash gordon md (flash) Sun 10 Sep 00 21:22
i've got a book? oh. yeah. here's the table of contents: http://www.docflash.com/contents.html with a link to a review, and here's where to find it on amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1884313035/flashgordonmdA/ btw, you can still earn a chance to win $50 by being the first person to review it on amazon. thanks for having me, folks.
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