Mullberry Whine

poured out before bed

Sour Lunch

…a lot to munch (FoodsKeith Weller, USDA ARS)…

The salads at the hospitals public cafeteria are not only less expensive, but markedly fresher than those at the dimly lit staff-only canteen.  I sit with contented sigh, taking in the crispy spinach and arugula, the lovely orange peppers, the violet cabbage and full red tomatoes before me, joying in the spicy scent of the house dressing.  Just to my left, a colleague on a different service digs into a fine looking chicken stir fry and bemoans the morning lectures he’s just endured.

“She literally read off her slides in a monotone voice the whole time – and there were over 100 slides for a 50 minute lecture!  It was just awful – I learned nothing!  What a waste of my time….  Oh, and then, at the end, she told us she always gets bad feedback – and she got all snotty and accusatory about it – and practically demanded discussion on how to make the lecture better.  I just wanted to die right there!  Just wanted to DIE!”

From the corner of my eye, to my right, I catch a sudden movement.  Turning slightly, I see a care worn young father holding a dusky colored, edematous toddler hooked to an IV pole, a nasal canula in her little button nose.  With his wife he exchanges a wan look, gazes down at his ailing child.

I crunch my vegetables a bit more briskly to drown out the awkwardness.


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The views expressed on "Mullberry Whine" are NOT intended to diagnose or treat disease.
The med-ed related stories described here are based on real events. Details have been changed in accordance with HIPAA de-identification guidelines to protect confidentiality.
Mullberry Whine can be enjoyed daily; there is no unsafe quantity. Real wine, though, should be enjoyed in moderation. At-Risk Drinking for males under 65 is defined as >14 alcoholic beverages per week or >4/day, with >7 drinks a week or >3/day being the cut-off for females under 65 and for anyone, male or female, who has graced this planet for 65 years for more. Drink Mullberry Whine like there are no consequences. But drink alcohol responsibly. Your friends, your family, your health-care provider, and your liver - heck, ALL of the organs in your body - will thank you.
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