From the Editor


Happy summer!

Although life these days seems just as busy year round, I sure get that urge for a summer vacation–or at least some time to kick back, relax and sip limeade while reading something not too heavy.

If you do, too, look no further. This issue isn’t long but brings you good news about our own Suture Star Director Dean Parsons and then we explore the complete other side of the spectrum with Resources and Jokes (not for the weak-hearted) about gastroenterology and a crossword puzzle about the Colon. Enjoy!

Julie Lancaster, Editor


We all knew Dean was special! Now it’s official!

Our SutureStar Director, Dean Parsons, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA, won the Nursing Achievement Award from Alegent Health for his nursing creativity and innovation for patient care. Dean works in Cardiovascular Surgery at Bergen Mercy Medical Center (Alegent Health), Omaha, NE.

Congratulations, Dean.

Read more about Dean by clicking here.


Surgical Jokes

Definition of Gastroenterology
The rare profession in which the doctor starts out at the bottom…
…And stays there!

Kentucky Jelly
A gastroenterologist who works in a hospital reports:
Recently, I was caring for a woman and asked, “So, how’s your breakfast this morning?”
“It’s very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly,” she replied. ‘I just can’t seem to get used to the taste.”
I then asked to see the jelly. The woman produced a foil packet labeled “KY Jelly.”
I kid you not.

Ancient Gastroenterology
First gastroenterologist?
“Abstain from beans.”
~ Pythagoras, 6th century BC

The Roman goddess of excrement was named Cloacina.

The flush toilet is an ancient invention dating back to 2000 BC. It is attributed to the Minoan civilization on Greek island of Crete. King Minos’ palace contained lavatories, sinks, manholes, and a massive sewer system. Gravity or cisterns powered the flushing commodes.

True Facts (Really!)
Dentists have recommended:
That your toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

Strange But True

Buttinsky Dad: Randy Swopes, 52, of Waukegan, Ill., accepted a plea deal that kept him out of prison for sewing his son’s butt. The boy, who was 14 at the time, was suffering from an anal fistula. Rather than take his son to the hospital, the father used a needle and thread to sew the fistula shut. The makeshift stitching was discovered when the wound became infected, requiring the boy to be hospitalized. (Waukegan’s Lake County News-Sun)

Perioperative Puzzle

Here is an opportunity to test your knowledge on colon procedures.


Click here for the puzzle and clues, and a link to the answers.


iPad App of the Month

Gain a complete understanding of diseases and disorders of the Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tracts as Focus Apps takes you on an amazing animated journey through the human body and its systems. Available from Focus Apps or at the iTunes A



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