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    St. Patrick's Day tales from the emergency room

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/st-patricks-day-tales-emergency-room/story?id=46153678

    Every March, millions of Americans don green garb, eat green food and drink green beer, all to celebrate a heritage that may not be theirs.

    On St. Patrick’s Day, emergency room staffers prepare themselves for an uptick in patients, likely with several of them injured themselves in some sort of hilarious calamity. It differs from holidays such as Christmas or New Year’s, when patients in need of emergency care often wait a day or two before seeking it, preferring to wait for a more “convenient” time, said Dr. Michael Lynch, a toxicologist and an emergency physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

    The holiday is on a Friday this year, allowing millions to perhaps take their celebration of Irish heritage to the next — and possibly painful — level.

    “It’s not a fun day to work because of the number of alcohol-related injuries,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

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  • slipslidingaway (160 posts)
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    1. I can only imagine, we have lived at Hope Lodge in NYC for over 6 months, it is

    just a half block away from Penn Station, the festivities began early in the morning outside on the street and we could hear them in the common kitchen area. The living quarters at Hope Lodge start on the 6th floor, but the sound reverberates in a closed setting.

    When you start at 9 in the morning some casualties might ensue, we’re all Irish for a day :)

    I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to the people at Hope Lodge in NYC, where else can you stay in Manhattan for free while undergoing cancer treatment in the city and also gaze upon the Empire State building from their balcony? Bittersweet memories, but lots of friends made for a lifetime.

    A home that I love, but do not wish to visit again, but I cannot thank you enough! I know and will always love two of the people in these pictures, so to D and L miss you.

    http://jlgreene.org/project/american-cancer-society-hope-lodge-nyc/

    Sorry I did not mean to derail the topic of your thread, but if anyone needs treatment outside of their area, check out Hope Lodge to defray some costs. I think some are unaware of the benefits which might cover extra costs in an area a little further from home, think there are about 35 Hope Lodge locations around the country.

     

    • LiberalElite (3901 posts)
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      2. np I live in NYC and didn't know about Hope Lodge. Thank you. nt

      I feel much better since I've given up hope
      • slipslidingaway (160 posts)
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        3. Thx!!! Many people have never heard of Hope Lodge so please pass it on …

        to others, paying for an extended stay near a major institution can be a barrier for many people seeking treatment. They operate in various cities near major HC centers. I do believe this is one of the most “direct to patient benefits” that the American Cancer Society operates, so we give directly to Hope Lodge whenever possible. We lived there for over 6 months on two occasions.

        Thanks for letting me advertise :)