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Palliative Care is whole-person care. many of the folks who do this sort of work are in hospice (end of life care). I performed my wacky humor throughout the 2007 conference in Anchorage, and wrapped up the conference with this little thing I wrote for them: 10) the conference opens not with HEY EVERYBODY WELCOME TO OUR 2007 SYMPOSIUM WOOOOOOOH! but "ok everyone let's get started." 9) most of the powerpoints include slides of scenery or dogs or both. 8) at no point has anyone said "After my presentation I'll be signing autographs in the bookstore." 7) You learn at least one new way to administer a narcotic 6) All the website addresses are forward slash bunch of letters slash tilda letters underscore forward slash tilda letter letter dot gov dot html 5) You're in Alaska 4) instead of free beer, free beads 3) evening activities do not involve drunkenness and nudity (as far as I know) 2) one panelist uses the word "rectally" 27 times and "suppository" 29 times and no one even blinks. 1) the room is filled with loving respectful people who make a difference by giving of themselves I'm grateful for the folks in healthcare who see how bad it is and try to make things different, but i am sad that the system makes it so difficult for them to do so, or that they forget to stop and care for themselves, that there is a high burnout rate. It's nice to know someone "inside" the system "gets it."

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