Yesterday I was teaching basal/prandial/correction blood sugar management to 35 Versant residents. I had them break into small groups and do presentations: a skit, a Hangman quiz, a rap song. Lots of laughter and learning.
Halfway through I picked up my phone and saw the news about the death of Brian Short, owner of allnurse.com, and his family. I really couldn’t process it. I had to finish my class- it was very hard. Sometimes things make absolutely no sense.
I only met Brian Short once. It was last spring at NTI in San Diego. He was quiet, self-effacing, well-mannered, generous.
We had dinner with about 10 of his staff members. I observed the interactions. Everyone felt free to share ideas and opinions. Ideas were buzzing around the table and Brian mostly listened. Definitely not a big-ego person, more of a background guy.
He didn’t like fish, and didn’t know how to order from a Mexican seafood menu, so I told him we couldn’t be friends.
I always had this dream of being an advice columnist (I grew up with Dear Abby and Erma Bombeck). Brian gave me an opportunity to do that, plus some cool sunglasses.
I started writing an advice column for allnurses.com, but I told Brian my primary interest would always be my own blog at http://nursecode.com. So about once a month, I would email Brian and say “hey, would you share the love and post one of my articles (from MY blog, nursecode.com) on your allnurses Fb page?” He always did, and within hours.
A couple of times, he surprised me, picked one of my articles and promoted it without telling me. How did I know? One day I received 29,574 views on my blog in one day! It’s never happened to me before or since then.
Thank you, Brian Short, and RIP. My heart goes out to all fellow human beings who suffer, sometimes alone and unknown. My deepest condolences to all friends and extended family of Brian and Karen Short, and the staff at allnurses.
Read Brian Short and Cognitive Dissonance for how I processed what happened.