Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dillon's Intro and Response

My name is Dillon Steinhilber. I graduated in the class of 2012 from River Valley High School, about 5 minutes down the road from here. Nowadays I spend most of my time doing college stuff, like doing homework, studying, or actually being at class. I also work on the weekends at Rosa and Rocco's. Before college took over my life I enjoyed a wide multitude of things like working on my Camaro, woodworking, playing drum set, hanging out with my friends, having bonfires and just having fun in general. I live in the country so we shoot stuff a lot and have big bon-fire parties, its pretty awesome. I don't do any of those things nearly enough any more. Now I'm usually in my little corner office in my basement wondering how to write lab reports and being lost in the engineering pre-lab homework, but on my off days i take advantage of every hour that I don't have to be working.

In the essay that Atul Gawande wrote, On Washing Hands, he concluded "Until that moment, when I stood there looking at the sign on his door, it had not occurred to me that i might have given him that infection. But the truth is I may have. One of us certainly did." This quote is very alarming to me. How could the people who are supposed to make us better, actually be making us sick? It took me a minute to actually believe what I was reading, but then I realized that we're all human and we all get lazy and forget things. It made me rethink my view of the cleanliness of hospitals and their staff. It also made me really not want to ever have to go to a hospital because I really do not want to get MRSA.


  1. I completely agree with your second paragraph. It is awful that people can contract incurable diseases from the most simple of things: medical staff not washing their hands. Medical staff need to be more responible for their actions.

  2. Hi Dillon,
    I agree with what you said about us all being human and sometimes being lazy and forgetful. I think that has a lot to say about our cultur. Doctors know how important it is to wash their hands before each patient but still blow it off sometimes just because they dont want to keep a patient waiting. From a patiens perspective I would rather be healthy than shake a MRSA infected hand.

  3. I agree that everyone is human and can get lazy at times, but doctors shouldn't walk right past a sink thinking the patient is going to get irritated if it takes him/her an extra 15-30 seocnds to wash their hands.

  4. Chose the same quote, and a big shout out to the engineering preparations. Those are annoying to have to do on top of the applications that are due at other random times. At the least the mid term was not too bad. I expected a lot more on it this morning. Anyway though, I agree with what you said about the quote. It is kind of creepy that the doctors can actually be contributing to illness as much as helping treat and cure it.

  5. The quote you chose was very shocking, like you said. It is crazy to think that the doctor, or someone he knew could have very well killed the septic man. The reading definitely was an eye- opener to the important of cleanliness that many of us disregard every day.


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