Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blog Lists

As many of you do, I follow other blogs.  Sometimes, I go down the dark bunny hole and end up five clicks away from where I began, only to find a really awesome blog that immediately strikes me as one worthy of my time.  What I have decided to do, and hope it won't bore you, is take one of the blogs I follow and highlight it here:  why I follow it, what makes it interesting beyond my own salient taste, and why you should too.

Can't hurt, right?

So, I'm going to start with the first blog I ever clicked "Follow"

The Dalai of PACs... Dr. Dalai

I started reading blogs from oldpremeds.org back in the summer of 2008.  The kind woman from Stanford med had sent me that way to read about the success stories, and to understand those that did not finish applying, did not choose to finish apply, did not finish once accepted, and/or said, "Who is crazy enough to do this?!?!?!?!" and otherwise, vanished from earth.

Dalai.  I didn't even know what PACS meant.  I did not know that he is a real doc and certainly had no clue that he was well respected.  What I did know is that I was learning about radiology.  A field, at first, I found so boring as to make my eyes bleed.  Why on earth would anyone want to go into a field where you stare at slides all day? I did that when I was kid with my parents' Kodak Ectochrome and Kodachrome (there is a difference).

But he was my first blog.  I felt obligated to follow as if he magically might know someone who could get me a pass into medical school, or somehow impart some magical wisdom to me so that I would make it to an invite.  I felt that if I did not follow him, some bad juju would follow me instead.

What I learned was instrumentation about radiology, and learned to be still.  There was a point where I'd reached out to him to ask a question about radiology and how he got started.  I asked what interested him in the field, if he got to work on cancer patients or was he mostly diagnostics.

He replied.

Oh my gosh, a REAL doctor replied with a REAL email and was ... REAL!  I fell over flat.  I'm not sure he reads anymore, his state never shows up on my analytics.  There was another person who somehow found me here and I believe still does (hi Winter).  Between the two of them, during some of my darker days, they kept my feet planted on the ground rather than letting me topple arms over legs into a canyon.  Between the two of them, I learned a bit more about a medical field I'd had no knowledge of, and little interest in.  Between the two of them, they kept me going, told me not to let my dream die.  Between the two of them, there'd have not continued to be Ad2b, there's just be another blithering wasted pixel space on blogspot (please don't hit that softball!!!!).

I continue to read because he posts funny videos on being a med student, or being a radiologist, or being a doc.  He posts new instrumentation for his field and gives the facts and figures as to why one is better, or not, in his opinion.

And last, I read, because he can spell.  lol.  I can't read blogs (even my own) when the spelling is bad.

Check Dr. Dalai you just might learn something too!

3 comments:

Slamdunk said...

Spelling is essential in a good blog.

On the way over to check the Dr.'s blog out.

Dalai said...

Blush Blush Blush!!

Many thanks!

If I've amused someone for a moment or two, then I've done my job for the day.

And btw I do visit yours periodically...sometimes sitemeter doesn't register properly.

Cartoon Characters said...

I understand going "down the dark bunny hole" of blogland.... I do that all the time! Clicking on people that make comments or blogs mentioned in blogs or even fan members on the sideline or blogroll.

I love the stories of experiences in the medical field ... and it's interesting reading from a different point of view other than nursing.

Love your blog!