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[Jun. 2nd, 2014|03:13 pm]
Slept in to 8:30, got myself a doctors appointment, and have antibiotics for my ear. The nurse (is "physician's assistant" jargon for Registered Nurse?) said the malaise was probably reasonable given a week long infection.

I've been a lump when not externally motivated out of lumpness.

Christine now has nine of 32 L "really useful boxes" in which she is transferring all her father's papers. It's a huge archival project ahead of her.


[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2014-06-03 02:51 am (UTC)
When I saw "lump" and "doctor" in the same paragraph, I am glad it is instead an ear infection. A physician's assistant is more like a paralegal for medical stuff than like a nurse per se.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-06-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, hrm, "lump." Well, i get tired of typing "depressed." And i'm glad the cause of my malaise is something acute and treatable. (I'd been ignoring it as TMJ can present as similar pain.)

The wikipedia article on paralegal training seems to present a broad range of experience and training possibilities. I suppose the key point is that the work is under the responsibility of the doctor.

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[User Picture]From: dolphinish
2014-06-06 02:01 pm (UTC)
Hope those antibiotics kick in for you soon.

Physician assistants actually have a really interesting backstory. The first program created was in response to returning corpsmen from Vietnam who didn't have much formal training, but already had hands-on medical experience. I know the profession has really expanded recently, I saw a very young one last time I went to my doctor's practice.

I suspect they may be more popular in certain states, because of regulations governing practice, but I don't know for certain. (I have a friend who is studying to be a NP and I know my particular state is considered very restrictive in terms of what NPs can do.)
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-07-02 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that backstory: what a good way to make space for that experience. This NP certainly didn't get her experience in Vietnam, but she got the job done with my ear.
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