Something happened today that I found very distressing. I was told that I might have to take down my blog. Let me step back.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an incident that happened between me and a radiologist. It was true. It did happen. It was my perspective on the situation. It was a rant or probably more of a vent of my frustrations. As pointed out by a number comments, it was obvious that I was in the right. (funny cheesy grin)
Some people commented about my bravado and that I was big man showing my clinical acumen:
both of you are such badasses. you guys are my heros! i can only hope to be a stud doctor like both of you by telling stories about how stupid other people are and how brave and clinically superior i am than everybody else.Another posted how great my patient care was, how appropriately I title posts, and how well I read radiology reports:
or titling a post to teach an actual valuable lesson "not everyone will like you" and then describing how someone likes you so much they cry when you enter the roomThe last person commented on the my humbleness:
"...but they will love me." is meant to be the rest of that post.
orthopods always go straight to the radiology reports when something is missed to make sure the radiologist missed it too... preparing to share/deflect the blame. If there is a lawsuit, do they tell the lawyers, though the radiologist also missed it, take it easy on them, they aren't that smart to begin with?
that one was a bit self-rewarding. Oh, well.All of those comments were much appreciated. My skin is pretty thick, I can take the criticism. I do learn from those comments.
Also, in that blog entry, I used the curse words that I use on occasion. I have used them in some other blog entries, probably the most notable is FFT. For the most part, I swear in my head, as seen in a previous post about my head during a big case. I think my wife actually swears more than I do.
So, today I have received information that the above "said radiologist" came across my blog entry and had submitted a complaint about me for the "incident". He also brought up the "ADULT" language that was in my blog. Another concern that was brought up was HIPAA. The HIPAA thing threw me. Although I have referenced cases and disease disorders, I don't think I have ever mentioned a name, shown an xray, or placed patient information anywhere on my blog.
So, I will continue to post as long as I can. Some of the less dry, said in fun, tongue and cheek, and more personal posts may be gone, but at least my shell will be here. It is sad that in a country that has freedom of speech you are censored, your thoughts can be restricted, and you can't have a differing opinion. I am human. I make and have made mistakes. I have no problem saying when I am wrong or at fault. But, if I have a problem with a specific person, I first address that person directly. I welcome that dialog.
“Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a
hallmark of an authoritarian regime.”