Friday, April 21, 2006

I can't wait to get a hover car

Now, this is just getting silly.

Part of me is curious to see how long this can go on. Maybe someday I'll end up as one of those "News of the Weird" blurbs: "Cancer Patient Waits 24 Years for Test Results."

"I left 6,240 messages at the Cancer Center," said the 55-year-old woman. "Finally I decided to fly down there in my hover car to see what the holdup was. I discovered that my doctor was long dead, and they'd bulldozed the office and built one of those Gaps with the talking billboards that identify you by your eyeballs, like in Minority Report. I bought a pair of capri pants."

I'm going to try to forget about this for the weekend and then get back on my quest for test results come Monday. Maybe I need to go down there, baby on hip, and have WCB point a rubber duckie at them in a threatening manner. Nobody messes with WCB.

2 comments:

tk said...

Not very nice of your doctor not to keep you infiormed. I try to let patients know tests results the day after I get them, or if they're normal one of the nurses will call them. But then I am just a lowly NP, nothing like the Gerat and Powerful Oz...Likely all is good...no news is good news?

Deborah said...

Dear Cancer Bloggers:

This is a message to those of you who maintain/read/participate in blogs related to cancer. Might we request your assistance in an academic study about cancer blog usage?

My name is Deborah Chung, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications. My research focuses on the use of new communication technologies and their potential to empower information consumers. Currently, I am interested in examining how health information seekers, particularly cancer patients and their families/friends, adopt blogs.

I am teaming up with Dr. Sujin Kim, also at UK, who is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science and has a sub-specialization in medical informatics. She has been working closely with the UK Cancer Center to build a biorepository information system (UK-BIS) for lung and ovarian cancer samples. Together, we would like to learn about how new information channels, such as blogs, are being used by cancer patients and their families/friends — specifically we are interested in their motivations, uses and consequences of using blogs.

As approved by our internal review board (IRB) at UK, this study is an anonymous survey that does not carry any risks to cancer patients. At the same time, we believe the information gathered from this study will greatly contribute to our understanding of the adoption of new communication technologies by cancer patients. This information will in turn assist in supporting the needs of cancer patients for future information technology and service development.

Thus, we would appreciate your participation in our survey. You can find the survey here. You might get a notice regarding the validity of the certificate. If that happens, please continue to proceed.

We appreciate your time, and thank you in advance for your help.

Sincerely,

Deborah S. Chung, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism &
Telecommunications
University of Kentucky
dchung@uky.edu

Sujin Kim, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Library & Information Science
University of Kentucky
sujinkim@uky.edu