OK, will try to get to some of the post requests today. Will dispose of some of the easy ones in one post now, and then get to some of the others in separate posts later or during the week.
WarmSocks (4/1, 12:38). Macrophages and the behavior of white cells? Really? I think you'd be better off reading your immunology book or asking some of your classmates to explain it. Haven't really talked about, uh, I guess it would be the pathophysiology of immunology, since med school. If a patient asked the question, I think I would either say I'd get back to her and do a Google search, or-- hey, even better-- I'd send the med student in to answer. If it was a good med student. Maybe.
Natalie (4/1, 5:38). Things people bring or smuggle in. Food. All sorts of food. Scroll down a bit for the person who almost killed their family member with a ice cream. Here. Also there's a post from a long time ago about a guy who was hiding his naked girlfriend in the hospital bed while the doctors came in to check on him. Here. And a story that was posted about thinking someone had smuggled in alcohol but really he had eaten the hand sanitizer. Here. The one thing hardly anyone thinks to bring are their medication bottles, which would be useful.
Anonymous (3/31, 11:16). Don't know that there's hidden resentment between doctors and nurses. Resentment isn't the right word. When residents hang out with residents, frustrations with less-than-awesome nurses are a topic, but I'm sure that when nurses hang out with nurses, frustrations with less-than-awesome residents are a topic. Nurses do very unglamourous work. I would not want to be a nurse. And re: clandestine hospital relationships, there's flirting sometimes but not sure there's anything to write a post about.
Sonja (3/30, 9:12). Pain sheets. Hmmm, maybe I'll play around with Microsoft Paint, I'll see what I can do.
Sufu (3/31, 4:40). Will read the Hyperbole post and see if it inspires anything.
Jeremiah (3/31, 6:58). A bunch of posts about med students if you scroll through the archives. Here, try this one, with the follow up here.
Which leaves a few posts I'll try to write-- ancillary staff (honeygold), best and worst (anon), how people maintain relationships (anon), 10 things I wish I knew beforehand (anon), discussion with pre-med version of self (anon) [and the last two are probably one post since they're asking basically the same thing].