My other non-work interesting thing that I am thinking about is PCORI (patient centered outcomes research institute). The idea of patient centered outcomes research is that a lot of research is focused on topics that are of importance to doctors and health care administrators, not to patients. For example, the diligent blog reader will recall that Marian asked what I knew about probiotics in neutropenic patients and I told her that there was zero research on it and that some neutropenic diets even disallowed yogurt so by extension, probiotics would probably also be on the no-list. Some neutropenic diets, however, allow yogurt with active cultures. There is very little actual research on neutropenic diets and you better believe that what you can and cannot eat when you are feeling crappy to begin with is a huge issue for patients. Anyway, the Institute tasked by congress for studying this sort of stuff is looking for people to sit on panels to help them define their priorities. That seems like fun so I'm going to write a 500 word blurb about why they should choose *me* and have been thinking about that, brushing up my CV, etc. So, that kind of sounds interesting, huh?
In the family realm, no real news. Ellie's hair is still red. Emily is still happy at U Mass. Maggie and I went for a three mile walk in PEA where it seemed 2 of every 3 dogs was a big black dog. She still is totally entranced when you wave a tennis ball in front of her. You know one thing that is funny about small towns is that even when you are in the woods with your dog, you run into people you know! For dinner tonight, our friends Rob and Louise invited Terry and I over for home cooked Ethiopian food. Wow! Delicious! Actually, the invitation included Ellie, but she rarely budges out of the house on weekends and especially not for adults she has not met.
|These are duck footprints in the snow on the frozen river. The skids are where the ducks landed!|
|The little teeny black dots in the distance on the river is a flock of ducks waddling along, clearly with a mission in their collective mind.|
For tomorrow, I will hope for all of us to see something that delights us.