Emergency physician offers house calls by bike

From the Eagle-Tribune:

After 17 years working in hospital emergency rooms, physician Jill Griffin tuned up her bicycle and launched a new venture she’s calling PedalMed.

Griffin, 53, started cycling around the area earlier this month offering “health coaching” house calls to people with chronic diseases and other health issues. With realistic goals and encouragement, she thinks she can get them healthy at home, and keep them out of the ER.

Mental Illness in the Context of Newtown: “Thinking the Unthinkable”

From the Anarchist Soccer Mom:

In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.
A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.
That conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room. The mental hospital didn’t have any beds that day, and Michael calmed down nicely in the ER, so they sent us home with a prescription for Zyprexa and a follow-up visit with a local pediatric psychiatrist.