Just our usual reminder that there is a chat this Thursday.
Time: Sometimes it is 8:00 PM EDT and sometimes 9:00 PM, depending on the doctor's schedule. This is the time zone for Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC. Start times may be an ongoing fluctuation, so we will put it in the email subject. For the most up to date information, always check the chat notice on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/limblength.
Place: http://www.chatzy.com/600868137410 (http://www.chatzy.com/limblength)
If you need a refresher on the instructions or password, please drop me an email. We are using the same password as the last limb differences chat.
COMING & GOING: When you enter the room, remember to press "join chat", and let the helpers know if you are lurking (no questions) or not. When you are ready to leave the chat, please type in either "/bye" or "/leave" (be sure to put in the slash). That way you disappear from our waiting list.
ORDER OF QUESTIONS: New participants are allowed to go first, along with chatters from an area where it is the middle of the night (eg, Europe), providing they are in the chat room soon after the start of the chat. Then everyone else in the order they signed in, although you may trade your positions among yourselves if you would like. We will squeeze in as many chatters as we can, so *everyone* will need to be mindful of the time and you may have to skip some of your questions if we need to put on a time limit.
For Dr. Standard's established patients, don't forget - he has a "Communications Physician Assistant", so if you have routine questions about PT, meds, x-rays etc, it would actually be quicker to contact Allison. She confers with him every day with a pile of questions, and then gets back to the callers.
X-RAYS: if you are going to send any for Dr Standard to review, please be sure to send them to both him (email@example.com) and me at this email, so that I can keep track of who has sent them and give him a list ahead of time. Please be sure to put a meaningful subject on any emails that contain x-rays; don't just reply to this email. Use phrases such as "johnny age 5" or "Susie from NY", so that during the chat you can tell Dr. Standard that title to open. If you've mailed us x-rays, please drop me an email so I can keep track. It would also be helpful if you could make sure that you have a copy of the x-rays available to re-email to him, in case he has trouble locating the original email. Alternatively, you can post the x-rays to a site such as Photobucket or Flickr (make sure to make the album public) and then just paste in the address of the album when it is your turn. That really helps to speed things up. If I have to re-forward x-rays to him during the chat, I will send them to his HOME email address to speed up the process; if this is a problem for you, please let me know. I will also do this if he cannot access his hospital email mailbox, which happens occasionally.
Sharing x-rays: We generally have a clinical fellow (ie, orthopedic surgeon who has finished their residency and is working here for a year to learn more about our procedures) helping with the chats. It is very helpful for them to be able to see the x-rays that the doctors are discussing, so unless you send me a message that you would rather I didn't, I will also forward a copy of any x-rays to that fellow. (And obviously, if you post a Photobucket/Google link during chat, they can see those anyhow).
Internet/Chatzy problems: These seem to have been minimized, however, If there is a chatzy problem again, and people cannot get into the room for a half hour, we will consider the chat canceled. If we hear of any outages we will try to post what we know on the ICLL Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/limblength
Chatzy now has Twitter, and plans to announce system problems at https://twitter.com/Chatzy_com, so if you ever have problems getting in, this might be a site to check.
Hope to see you on Thursday. And if possible please RSVP to this email if you are planning to participate so that we have an idea of how many to expect.
And as a reminder, if anyone wants to be removed from this reminder list, please let me know. There are quite a few people who asked for information over the years and as near as I can tell, haven't participated. That isn't a problem; I just want to make sure we aren't accidentally "spamming" anyone.
See you there!
(be sure to check our videos at
International Center for Limb Lengthening
Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics