Author: drmoniquetello

A Holiday Weekend

A Holiday Weekend

It’s so easy to forget the real meaning behind Memorial Day. Especially when the weather is as nice as it has been this weekend. I was at work Friday, and it already seemed like a day off. It was an easy day. Several patients last-minute […]

On food cravings and prohibitions in pregnancy: I’ll take my steak rare, please

On food cravings and prohibitions in pregnancy: I’ll take my steak rare, please

It is widely published and accepted that certain foods and substances are a total “no-no” for pregnant women. There are a gazillion websites that will happily list the things you can’t have if you’re pregnant: raw and undercooked meats (so, no sushi, and no rare […]

On Progesterone and Poopie: Rolling With It

On Progesterone and Poopie: Rolling With It

It appears that my posts are getting farther between… Yes, I am dragging, but I’m hoping it’s temporary. There is a good reason for my less-than-spectacular energy level right now, and it’s not only because it took me four days to recover from a 24-hour […]

Reevaluating Germs

Reevaluating Germs

Compared to many people I know, I’m laid-back about germs. I do believe in handwashing: a LOT of handwashing. I try not to touch my face when I’m in the office: no nail biting, eye rubbing or contact lens adjustment, unless I’ve washed my hands […]

Bad Words

Bad Words

I saw a patient of mine yesterday for her annual exam; she is a divorced mom of two teenaged kids. She works full-time and barely ever comes in. My impression has always been that she’s one very strong and practical lady.  She said she didn’t […]

When Writing Is Inspired By Work: Different For Doctors?

When Writing Is Inspired By Work: Different For Doctors?

A concerned friend sent me a link to a story about a doctor who had posted details of a trauma case on Facebook. Apparently the details were very specific, and a non-doctor Facebook friend was able to easily identify the patient. The doctor was fired […]

Sketches from a Rainy Clinic Morning

Sketches from a Rainy Clinic Morning

Just a little more sleep It was still very dark out when Babyboy woke up this morning. He usually sleeps like a champ, so it was odd that he cried out just before dawn. I lay in bed and listened to him whimper and rustle […]

The Reality and the Toilet Seat

The Reality and the Toilet Seat

Last week I was in clinic, running 30 minutes behind, with several patients waiting to be seen. I had just finished up with a new patient and was showing her where the lab waiting area was located, down the hall. Just then a very elderly […]

Learning Our Lessons, Chapter 1: Listen To Your Gut

Learning Our Lessons, Chapter 1: Listen To Your Gut

Last fall, my patient Kelly came to the office with shortness of breath. She’s an athletic black woman with a history of asthma; she’s also a nurse at our hospital. It was fall and her allergies had been acting up. She had already called asking […]

Pager Anxiety

Pager Anxiety

I was on call for 7 days starting last Friday. My mother watched Babyboy all day until I got home from work close to 7 pm. My husband was traveling. Mom and I  had a bowl of soup together, and then she went home. I […]