Q1. Is your blog gone for good and why did you take it down?
Yes, Trenchdoc is dead forever. We had been considering moving the blog to a different domain anyway, but “someone” complained (that the blog was offensive) to the Mecca administration. We believe it was because I indicated that poor white people tend to be drug seekers.
Q2. Do you plan on having another medblog?
Yes, another blog is in the works… but will be entirely different, something like the “Motley Fool” of medicine… the working titles are www.thebacondiet.com or maybe www.shrinkageisreal.com
Q3. What was your favorite post from Trenchdoc?
Hands down, “Red Velvet Cake”… that kind of crap only happens to people in the trenches.
Q4. What are your favorite blogs to visit?
Addicted to Medblogs, of course. I consider Gruntdoc the quintessential ER blogger and I read Charity Doc and Movin’ Meat nearly everyday. Panda Bear MD may be the best writer of any blog in any category, even better than several professional writers… stupid intern. (I know, he had to say ATM, but I'm leaving it in--Medblog Addict).
Q5. What is the craziest ER story that you never told on your blog?
I shouldn’t even go here… but I did an evaluation for sexual assault on a severely physically handicapped female who complained that she had only consented to sex in a certain area, but that her “friend” (that she met on the Internet) had performed the act in a different area. When I performed the exam, it took me 10 minutes and a 2nd opinion to determine one area from the other myself.
Q6. What color scrubs do you wear?
Navy, light blue and hospital blue-green… and I know you didn’t ask but I wear black underwear, socks and clogs.
Q7. Is there anything that we should know about you that would help us to better understand your writing, some have said they can never tell when you are serious?
The only time I am serious is when I get my ass handed to me. Like when I have to pull the plug on my flippin blog.
Q8. What would you do if you were not in medicine?
Throw away my Zantac… and pick up my duck call.
Q9. What do you do with your free time?
Eat Zantac… Oh and look at myself in the mirror… naked… although I have to be more careful about that since I got a new Lab pup (he’s a chewer).
Q10. What “lessons in life” have you learned being a doctor that others outside the profession may not know about?
That there is no black and white in medicine, nor in life… we are all good and evil and courageous and detestable (like hospital administrators) at any given time.
Q11. What is the best thing about authoring a medical blog?
I liked reading that others felt the same way I did about the sadness that is inevitable in our occupation… and the commentors who would e-mail topless pictures. I liked that A LOT!
Q12. Why did you start blogging, what gave you the idea?
Just a way to vent about the daily struggles in the ER, and what a way to meet chicks, I mean, it is just ridiculous.
Q13. Does threat of malpractice affect how you practice medicine? How?
Yes, I do not make a decision without considering the legal risk and I frequently must weigh my risk against doing what is right.
Q14. Everything in blog-dom is so anonymous, tell us something about you only your best friend would know.
I lied about the topless pics, but I really did almost have Seaspray talked into it.
Q15. Do you have a tattoo or piercing?
Yes, a Kappa Sigma on my left cheek. If I ever do an Iron-man triathlon I’d get that tattoo also.
Photo of Trenchy taken on a Carolina beach, exactly 500 feet away, just like the restraining order required. For a small fee, I will e-mail you a picture of the tat on his left cheek. What?...I just happen to be passing by that window when my finger accidently hit the button on my camera phone.
Real photo credit: Pacific Coast News