Author: drmoniquetello

Getting Myself O.O.B.

Getting Myself O.O.B.

How many times over the years have I written variations of the hospital order O.O.B.? Like, “O.O.B. to chair w assistance b.i.d.” In regular English, this is a medical directive to the nursing staff to “Please assist the patient in arising out of the hospital […]

Practicing What I Preach, All The Way To The 22nd Floor

Practicing What I Preach, All The Way To The 22nd Floor

A couple of people have called me out on my published claim that I will walk up twenty-two flights of hospital stairs to see one of my inpatients, rather than take the elevator. I’ve been tempted to respond in the style of my fave potty-mouthed […]

Just Another Manic Monday… To Put Into Perspective

Just Another Manic Monday… To Put Into Perspective

Woke up this lovely Monday with two flat tires, one nonfunctioning furnace, indoor temp of 55 degrees, two kids needing to get to school, a booked afternoon clinic downtown, and an evening wake to attend. Before the morning was done we discovered that one car […]

Miracle… on Snow

Miracle… on Snow

The kids have been asking for snowboarding lessons. Even Babyboy, who has no interest in most physical activities, and can’t yet swim, nor ride a bike… Well, he does like hiking, and also trampoline jumping, but not for any length of time… We had gone […]

Let Us Arm Ourselves…

Let Us Arm Ourselves…

It makes me sick. Sick that it’s happened again, that it happens every day, and that there are any questions at all about what’s going on. Though research on this particular public health problem has been (and continues to be) suppressed, investigators have persisted. There […]

An Update on Physician Depression and Suicide: Shining a Light on a Dark Problem

An Update on Physician Depression and Suicide: Shining a Light on a Dark Problem

Many of us were seriously concerned about an anonymous surgery resident who blogs at burntorangescrubs.com. They had written a post titled “Physician Depression and Suicide II” that sounded, frankly, suicidal. Calls went out on Twitter, doctor Facebook groups, and this blog to send messages of […]

I picked up a stranger by the side of the road this morning.

I picked up a stranger by the side of the road this morning.

I had almost run her over. It was a dark and snowy morning, six a.m., two more inches on the ground than had been predicted, roads a bit slick. I was steering the minivan with one hand and slugging coffee with the other, came up […]

When medical training is malignant

When medical training is malignant

I was on the subway this morning, idly perusing Twitter, when a desperate tweet caught my attention: “Does anyone know who this blogger is? They sound suicidal. They need help. Please retweet.” The link was to this post by an anonymous American surgery resident. In […]

Finally… An entire book by and for doctor-moms (& applicable to all working moms)

Finally… An entire book by and for doctor-moms (& applicable to all working moms)

I’m extremely proud to announce that the Mothers in Medicine book is now available for ordering on Amazon as well as from Springer publishing!* This comprehensive work represents a massive effort by physician- mom and editor at the Mothers in Medicine blog Katherine Chretien, as […]

How I Did Not Lose My Sh*t With My Kid and What Helped

How I Did Not Lose My Sh*t With My Kid and What Helped

I wish I could stay calm and cool. I wish I was one of those parents who so rarely raises their voice that when they do, kids attend immediately. Their teachers are particularly skilled. Kids will be being kids, unruly and giggly and squirmy, and […]