Month: October 2015

The Haunted Hospital: Tales From Residency

The Haunted Hospital: Tales From Residency

“Sometimes, late at night, you can still hear the screams of the poor souls who died a torturous death in the old ICU…” During our four years of Med/Peds training, we rotated on the medicine floors at a small religious hospital. One of our most […]

Everything Happens For A Reason

Everything Happens For A Reason

Yesterday, Wednesday, was supposed to be a short, easy workday, just a morning teaching session at the medical school, observing students role-playing taking a sexual history. No finding inpatients to interview, no running around the hospital, no taking notes for meaningful feedback, and no checking in […]

If You Buy A Kid An Ice Cream… You Change The Way You Look At Your World

If You Buy A Kid An Ice Cream… You Change The Way You Look At Your World

The kids went to the dentist on Thursday. It was a midmorning appointment, so I kept them out of school for the day. At Babyboy’s school, you have to be buzzed in, show ID, sign in, get a name tag, such a process (for good […]

Hypocrites in our own house: Maternity leave and American Healthcare

Hypocrites in our own house: Maternity leave and American Healthcare

A surgeon fights for every second of her maternity leave: Source: Hypocrites in our own house: Maternity leave and American Healthcare

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude Is Everything

We can learn a lot from animals. Here is Salter, my current favorite resident of our local animal shelter. This friendly feline was surrendered by a family after suffering for days, if not weeks, with an open infected leg fracture. When I first met him, […]

Why Am I So Beat?

Why Am I So Beat?

I’ve started writing several posts this week, only to get pulled away by one thing or the other. By the time I’ve been able to get back to the draft, my thought and attention has already turned to another topic. I’ve now got very brief […]

I’m Such A Jerk

I’m Such A Jerk

Thursday is my day off of clinic, and so I’m on kid school drop-off-and-pickup duty. This really stresses me out, as there is only a certain window of time in which to get Babyboy to his school. Once they close the doors, you have to go […]