If you’re a health professional practicing in NYC and you’re interested in meeting up about Sherpaa, learning more, and having drinks on us, we’re having a happy hour on Thursday at 6:30 to 9:00 pm at Paradou in the West Village.

Also, you get to meet our new doctor, Dr. Susan Gonnella, pictured above. She’s absolutely wonderful.

Join us! RSVP here.

Every year, an estimated 4,000 cases of “retained surgical items,” as they are known in the medical world, are reported in the United States. These are items left in the patient’s body after surgery, and the vast majority are gauzelike sponges used to soak up blood. During a long operation, doctors may stuff dozens of them inside a patient to control bleeding.

Though no two cases are the same, the core of the problem, experts say, is that surgical teams rely on an old-fashioned method to avoid leaving sponges in patients. In most operating rooms, a nurse keeps a manual count of the sponges a surgeon uses in a procedure. But in that busy and sometimes chaotic environment, miscounts occur, and every so often a sponge ends up on the wrong side of the stitches.

I just did a search for “Emergency Room” and this is what I got.

New iPhone 5 maps failing to find hospitals and ERs

“Searching for an emergency room with an iPhone 5 brings up private medical offices, pharmacies and just about anything else medical related that’s not a hospital or emergency room,” writes the site’s Xavier Lanier. “Need a concierge house doc? Sure, he’s mapped, but General Hospital is missing in action. That pediatrics emergency room? It’s there, but it isn’t marked properly.”

I need some help. On October 21st, I’m riding in the Bike MS NYC Ride and need to raise some money for MS. If you are so inclined, please visit my page and donate to the cause. We’d all be grateful.

Interesting tidbit about MS. It’s the most popular disease that medical students think they have while in medical school. It’s called medical student syndrome— a condition frequently reported in medical students, who perceive themselves or others to be experiencing the symptoms of the disease(s) they are studying.

Also, that’s my bike. It’s gorgeous.

I bought a car this weekend— a 2010 Mini Cooper Hardtop. Life in NYC is interesting. You typically stay in the same neighborhoods and go to the same places because, well, it’s familiar and it’s easy to get to via the subway. But that leaves whole swaths of NYC and its’ wonderful neighborhoods unseen because it’s just so expensive or such a pain in the butt to get to. 

Not anymore. The city and the surrounding areas are mine. I’ve got a bike rack coming for the roof. Installing it this week. Now I can go anywhere I want with my bike on top. I’m sure more and more of my weekends will be spent outside of the city, in the countryside. I need that right now. Starting a new company is stressful and I’ve found just taking a breather and not working on Sherpaa on the weekends keeps me sane. 

I went to the beach yesterday at Fort Tilden, just because I wanted to. I went to the driving range tonight out near Coney Island, just because I can.

It’s a whole new era for me and NYC.