Cool Under Pressure

March 8, 2016

Cool under pressure. The best emergency physicians are cool under pressure. That was me – or so I thought.

One day this past winter, while stepping out of a shower, I noticed a small cadre of ants on the bathroom floor. These were not the big black carpenter ants from the back yard that were common in summer. No. These were those tiny brown ants. There were perhaps thirty of them reconnoitering below as I toweled off.

Kill ’em. A few minutes later I had laid out two bait stations that came from a bright orange box claiming that the poison inside would “kill the queen.” Beyond question, it must have been potent stuff if it could wipe out a whole monarchy. My war against the ants was on. Read the rest of this entry »