Kobayashi Maru is Real

Actual screen capture — Copyright 2022, All rights reserved

While I was waiting on MyChart’s EHR to refresh so I could complete a questionnaire, I was able to drink a cup of hot coffee, go downstairs and feed the dog, and write this essay.

You see, MyChart’s EHR was made by Epic and is hosted by DUH. Yes, that’s correct, Duke University Health. It can slow to a crawl and then roll into a ditch to die. The little line under the URL stopped growing just past the .ORG part of the address. It’s sitting still there while I watch it not move. Both the line and I are motionless as we view each other in the gulf between the screen and the back of my chair.

So, you ask, is this important? In the grand scheme of things, probably not. There are worse things that could befall us, but this one is about pain. Yes, real pain in my right arm. The whole questionnaire is to confirm information and gather new information before a scheduled appointment for therapy. Now, on top of the physical pain in my arm, I get the psychic and emotional pain of watching a BILLION-DOLLAR website grinding to a halt.

Okay, to continue. I finally just took a chance and refreshed the webpage. It worked and provided me with at least 8 more pages of questions and categorical answers to try to understand where it hurt and how much that limited me. These included questions about my emotional state — a challenge to answer since by this time I’m pretty upset about the damn technology. But I soldiered on and finished the questions.

Then I hit “Submit” and got this:

Actual screen capture — Copyright 2022. All rights reserved.

‘Nuff said.

--

--

--

Historian, informatician, novelist, and grandfather. Part-time curmugdeon.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Fighting Fire with Fire

Imagine the Day We Don’t Have to Worry about Covid

“How Creativity Helps Mental Health”

home office setup

Understanding ADHD part 3

It’s Not Me, It’s You. Dealing With Someone Else’s Bad Day

Troubled Mind—No Peace to Find

How To Quiet Fearful Thoughts

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
David Potenziani

David Potenziani

Historian, informatician, novelist, and grandfather. Part-time curmugdeon.

More from Medium

Volunteering in 2022

From drive-thrus to classroom presentations, stuttering should not hold anybody back

These bird species are probably going to defile our foods grown from the ground A broad new review…

Are you ready to unlock METI token utilities?