Tueday Questions, Stupid Questioner edition

As I mentioned yesterday, I went for a run this past weekend.  This despite having waxing and waning pain in the right heel over the past few weeks, which I strongly suspected was a smoldering case of plantar fasciitis.  Despite the fact that, if any of my patients were to come in complaining of similar symptoms, I would tell them not to run for at least a week and/or until the pain had subsided substantially.

Because I am a super-genius.

Anyhow, after I hobbled around yesterday morning on a heel that sent up blades of pain every time I stepped on it, I decided that maybe I’d take a break from running.  I’ve foolishly run through pain in the past and exacerbated otherwise minor injuries in my shins and knees, so why should my foot be any different?  Thankfully (*knocks vigorously on wood*), I usually recover pretty quickly when I take the advice I give everyone else, so I’m hopeful that a brief break will be enough to counter the effects of my stupidity.

Which brings us to this week’s question — what have you done/do you do against your own best judgment?  What do you insist upon doing even though your better instincts tell you not to?  Bonus points if it’s something that runs counter to the professional advice you would give to anyone else.

Russell Saunders

Russell Saunders is the ridiculously flimsy pseudonym of a pediatrician in New England. He has a husband, three sons, daughter, cat and dog, though not in that order. He enjoys reading, running and cooking. He can be contacted at blindeddoc using his Gmail account. Twitter types can follow him @russellsaunder1.


  1. I think I can hit both pretty easily: surf the internet and, worse, occasionally make political comments on blogs whilst doing so. I highly recommend those of you in the corporate world to do as I say and not as I do on this matter.

  2. A client fired me for economic reasons — couldn’t afford my fee to finish a case. But he gave me sad puppy-dog eyes and was very much in a bind; he could not agree simply to dismiss his claim. So I agreed to ghostwrite certain papers for him. Which he didn’t me information to put in until it was too late and didn’t involve me calendaring a mandatory appearance which he missed and the result was that his case was dismissed. Would he have got the same result if I’d not agreed to do anything? Probably. But I should have stuck to the rule that either I’m the attorney on the case, or I’m not. Then the dismissal would have been unambiguously not my fault.

  3. What do you insist upon doing even though your better instincts tell you not to? Bonus points if it’s something that runs counter to the professional advice you would give to anyone else.

    Sometimes I vote.

    • I carry a fully-loaded M-16 when I go to the polls to vote. It just feels good. Not really for protecti0n—just to remind every0ne that we have an exraordinary Constitution and here we are exercising our constitutional rights to vote and bear arms–the two most important rights we have to keep tyranny checked at the door.

      This, from the 14th Amendment: “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

      To read this just boggles my mind–how in the world did abortion skirt around the explicit meaning of no state can deprive ANY PERSON of life, liberty or property. If abortion doesn’t deprive a person the right of life, then nothing does. And the follow up, of no person shall deny to any person equal protection of the laws. There are no wiggle weasley words here–aborting a fetus/embryo is categorically denying that fetus the sacred right of equal protection of the laws. This is black and white here. Abortion is murder. Period.

      • Aaaaaaaaand this is why you get banned.

        You’ve had all the warnings you’re ever going to get. The next time this happens, the ban will be permanent.

  4. I continue to play soccer despite lingering pain on the interior of my left knee (my guess is something to do with the meniscus or the MCL). Strangely, it sometimes hurts to walk, but never to run. The pain is almost certainly related to a knee injury sustained in a fall about fifteen years ago. I continue to play because I’m at the cusp of 40 and I’m afraid that if I stop to recover, I’ll never start again.

  5. Email.

    I used to love checking my email. I used to think “well, I’ll just see if anything is going on” if I’d wake up at 3AM to pee and, yep, check my email.

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