Month: September 2015

Sympathy vs Empathy With The Devil

Sympathy vs Empathy With The Devil

What’s the difference between sympathy and empathy? Example in action*: I was on call. I got that page, that very typical page: Patient running out of pain meds needs immediate refill please call. Ugh. More often than not, the phone call that follows this page […]

Heavy Stuff

Heavy Stuff

What a clinically heavy week it’s been. There were two sudden and unexpected deaths… After the shock, the first things I thought of as the primary care doctor in both cases were: What did I do wrong? Did something I did or didn’t do contribute to […]

The Neverending Toilet Training Story

The Neverending Toilet Training Story

Today was Thursday, my day off. It was the kids’ first week of school in new classrooms (Babyboy’s kindergarten is in a whole new building, even!), so I was excited to meet their new teachers, and maybe some of the other parents too. School drop […]

I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

  In January, 2001, as a fourth year medical student, I finagled my way onto a disaster relief team, and traveled to El Salvador with supplies and personnel to aid the areas hit hardest by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake. I had even cancelled a residency interview to be […]

Link to: I Need A New Stethoscope by Jenni Levy, MD

Link to: I Need A New Stethoscope by Jenni Levy, MD

Not ashamed to say that I am in tears, even while sitting here at work. Got to share, a most wonderfully moving piece: I Need A New Stethoscope by Jenni Levy, MD