Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Heart of the Matter

I was writing something and I was about to use the expression, “the heart of the matter.” Sheepishly, I wondered if I should change the word “heart” to “liver.” Can you imagine if we changed all the expressions using the word heart? We’d have: straight to the liver,stole my liver, wears his liver on his sleeve, liver strings, liver of gold, half-livered, cold-livered, half liveredly, kind livered, whole liveredly, liverless, liver and soul, from the bottom of my liver, liver to liver talk,  broken liver, liver of stone, the liver’s desire, take it to liver, and liver-felt.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Saint Liver Day

I've been thinking about St. Patrick's Day. I think we need to honor the liver in a significant way. The liver doesn't need its own day - it could share St. Paddy's day. The liver symbol would be a good substitute for the shamrock. Bile is green and the liver certainly bestows more life than a shamrock. It would be very bad luck not to have a liver. Granted, it would be a more sober celebration. You can't very well honor the liver by drinking green beer. And corned beef and cabbage would be replaced by liver and onions. However, we could still wear green and say clever things, like O'bile and O'gall. Candy manufacturers could feature jelly beans in an array of colors from bright red to maroon. Bag pipe music would be perfect, since the bag pipe looks kind of like a liver. Instead of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" we could sing "When Irish Livers are Metabolizing."

Friday, March 12, 2010

More Medical Notes

I laughed so hard at some of the medical notes that Richard Lederer, Ph.D. wrote in his column for the Journal of Court Reporting, that I thought I’d print some more. They aren't directly liver-related, but I am sure our livers won't mind.
  • The patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40-pound weight gain in the past three days.
  • She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.
  • The patient experienced sudden onset of severe shortness of breath with a picture of acute pulmonary edema at home while having sex which gradually deteriorated in the emergency room.
  • The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
  • Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
  • The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.
  • Since she can't get pregnant with her husband, I thought you would like to work her up.
  • She is numb from her toes down.
  • While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Medical Notes

My liver is fine, but my liver humor is sickly. I am stooping to borrowing from others. The following medical notes are true. Although they are funny, it is somewhat frightening if you think about it, so DON"T think about it. These are from a column written by Richard Lederer, Ph.D. for the Journal of Court Reporting and have been reprinted at several Internet sites and magazines.

Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.
Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.
I have suggested that he loosen his pants before standing, and then, when he stands with the help of his wife, they should fall to the floor.
Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
The patient refused an autopsy.
The patient has no past history of suicides.
The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.
Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.