Fourth Day of Black History Month: Choke Artistry

The New England Patriots have NOTHING on the Ink.

About 1:30 PM CST, The Ink made the critical error of biting off more than he could chew of a bone-in Ribeye left over from one of my way too many sojourns to random local eateries.

About 1:35 he was still gagging and trying to expel said chunk of bovine goodness.

About 1:50 he decided that the Mavs/Pistons game wasn’t going to be very interesting at all so he would snatch a movie off his DVR and bide his time until the Super Bowl started.  Still choking mind you.

About 3:15 he realized that All the King’s Men wasn’t worth finishing, although it wasn’t horrible.  Just didn’t care how it ended…so it didn’t end.  And STILL choking…

A brief exercise in ass-whoopin on Fight Night Round 3 ended with two knock-outs about 5:00  He realize now that He is so old that he loses focus after about 30 minutes and that he can’t stay focused enough to dodge the shots as well during the third fight….and still choking.  At this point it becomes apparent that he has no ability to keep any kind of anything down.

The game comes and goes and he ends up spending most of it sitting near the toilet, which fortunately  provides a decent view of the prehistoric big screen.

Finally, around 9:45, during the post-poned viewing of the Wire, it became apparent that the professionals would  need to be called in.

So off  to the Emergency room he went.

8 hours and emergency surgery via general anesthesia later, he was at home and basically useless.

Finally at Dark Thirty am, 36 hours before the OTHER surgery he needs, The Ink comes to remind you that much of what takes place in the hospital came about via the innovation and genius of Black Folk.


Onesimus, an enslaved African, describes to Cotton Mather the African method of inoculation against smallpox. The technique, later used to protect American Revolutionary War soldiers, is perfected in the 1790’s by British doctor Edward Jenner’s use of a less virulent organism.


Dr. James Durham, born into slavery in 1762, buys his freedom and begins his own medical practice in New Orleans, becoming the first African-American doctor in the United States. As a youngster, he was owned by a number of doctors, who taught him how to read and write, mix medicines, and serve and work with patients. Durham had a flourishing medical practice in New Orleans until 1801 when the city restricted his practice because he did not have a formal medical degree.


Dr. James Durham is invited to Philadelphia to meet Dr. Benjamin Rush, who wanted to investigate Durham’s reported success in treating patients with diphtheria. Dr. Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of America’s foremost physicians, was so impressed that he personally read Durham’s paper on diphtheria before the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Durham returned to New Orleans in 1789, where he saved more yellow fever victims than any other physician (During an epidemic that killed thousands, he lost 11 of 64 patients).


Dr. James McCune Smith graduates from the University of Glasgow, becoming the first African American to earn a medical degree.


Augusta, GA: The Jackson Street Hospital is established as the first institution of record solely for the care of colored patients. The founders were a group of charitable minded whites led by Dr. Henry Fraser Campbell, University of Georgia School of Medicine. There was no colored staff in this three story structure, which housed fifty beds, operating quarters, and a lecture hall.


Freedmen’s Hospital is established in Washington, D.C., and is the only federally-funded health care facility for Negroes in the nation.

Born a slave in Georgia in 1848, Susie Baker (who later became known as Susie King Taylor) is the first African American U.S. Army nurse during the Civil War. King served in a newly formed regiment of black soldiers organized at Port Royal Island off the South Carolina coast by Major General David Hunter, commander of the Union’s Department of the South. After the war, she helped to organize a branch of the Women’s Relief Corps


Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Negro female to earn a medical degree, graduates from New England Female Medical College, Boston.

And that is just before the end of the Civil War.

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Hopefully, I will be feeling more myself tomorrow.



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