I wasn't going to say anything yet, but . . .
Karen insists. With all the bright people reading your blog, she says, someone might have some good advice. I've decided I want to volunteer my services in Louisiana. Lots of great reasons to do it, and only one reason not to -- the financial hit.* We have one big concern: this Salt Lake Tribune story, which Jeff excerpted at Pen and Sword, and which Steve Gilliard has spotlighted, also. Seems the government is not beyond using volunteers to bolster its worrisome PR problem. Mind you, I don't know if they will even want an ear, nose, and throat doctor, but if they want me, I'm available. I sent off an email a few hours ago to Louisiana DHH, giving them my contact information and a brief CV, but I haven't heard back yet. I'm hesitant to contact the Federal DHHS because of the concerns (above). I'd rather talk to the State DHH first. Here's the question. What can I do ahead of time to make sure I'm used in an appropriate manner, and that I'm not used for some asshat's photo op? Is it enough to get reassurances over the phone? D. *As a solo private practitioner, two weeks away from the practice is one big chunk of change. So I spoke with my parents, and they'll back us up financially if we run into a crunch. (Thanks, M & D!) Which seems inevitable, given the way we're hemorrhaging money into our home remodel. Which is also why we have no savings at the moment. It hasn't escaped me that it's preposterous to worry about the home remodel when these folks don't have homes anymore. P.S. One of the good things about homeschooling Jake: I have control over his homework assignments. Correct the following sentence. George W. Bush said, “This ain’t my problem. Its someone else’s.”