While reading online, I frequently have to copy, open a new tab, and oogle or wiki for information. Nearly a reflex. I click on linked words for details, if available. I never mind answering a question about anything I mention. I don't make a point of over explaining, neither do I mind doing the research, adding a reference. This is why I so love comments, the feedback has allowed me to clarify my writing somewhat, over the years.
Yes, this is meant to be, in part, educational. (That'll scare off a few people.)
I remember deeply resenting teachers who brought up a subject, but when asked a question ordered us to "look it up." Now, I didn't mind looking anything up, but to be refused an answer of any kind in class, fobbed off in effect, chills. Disincentive to ask again, as such temerity would be punished by snippy shaming.
As if a patient asked me about their surgery, and I told them to "look it up." No, I would answer as much as I could, then add that they should ask their surgeon, maybe even suggest wiki (which seems to do really well on medical stuff.) I want them to ask, in particular the ones who "don't want to be a bother." They prompt me to question how I do my work, figure out how to do better. Or else I have patter for the usual ones, like "why is it so cold in surgery?"*
And often, it used to be very difficult to know where to find the information. Oogle has just not been around that long, nor have the wikis. They are just a starting place, still, they are sufficient for basic understanding. In conversation, no one needs a dissertation, just enough information to follow along. In a teaching situation, that plus a way to find out more.
The problem, I have suspected, is the teacher didn't know, and didn't want to admit ignorance. Perhaps they were resisting being derailed as well. And I did have teachers who would say, "I don't know, I'll see if I can find out and let you know." They are the ones I still treasure and respect.
So, ask away. Glad to help.
*ORs are not as cold as they seem to stressed, hungry, and thinly clad people lying down on gurneys. Not for staff running around or swathed in impervious gowns, wearing hats, gloves and masks. The other side of it is that ORs have positive air pressure**, the cleanest air in the hospital which goes out to the rest of the facility, which causes some "wind-chill." Also, large complex heating/cooling systems can be touchy, so it's hard to get the balance right. It winds up being easier, and more reliable, to use warm air blankets during the procedure to directly warm the patient.
** As opposed to negative air pressure, as in TB patient rooms, to contain highly contagious material.
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