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He Finished What He Started

He Finished What He Started

I’m thrilled to both congratulate and feature hubby Bob Socci, who ran the 125th Boston Marathon last week as a member of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism charity team. We supported him all along the way: Over months as he trained and raised 

Extraordinary Ordinary Days

Extraordinary Ordinary Days

Yesterday we awoke to a plain old March Saturday, sunny but cool, rain expected overnight. The newspaper featured all the same depressing news and then some. There were no holidays or travel to prepare for, nor workday overflow to catch up on. We had no 

Without a shadow of doubt

Without a shadow of doubt

We were at Cancun Airport’s Gate 11, waiting to board our flight home. Hubby and I couldn’t ignore the alarming news alerts popping up on our phones every few minutes, and the kids noticed. “So what’s going on?” asked our son. Up to that point, 

Free Books

Free Books

“But that’s one of my favorite books! Why would anyone ban it?” This morning, my kids and I ran through a list of children’s books that are currently banned by school districts and libraries across America. As we read the titles, much incredulity, outrage, and 

I’ll take my steak rare, please

I’ll take my steak rare, please

This “what to eat when you’re expecting” post was originally published in May 2011, when I was pregnant with my daughter and craving bloody meat. Being the medical geek that I am, I researched the subject enough to justify all that roast beef, and wrote 

“..buy an oximeter, and good luck.”

“..buy an oximeter, and good luck.”

I know that everyone is as sick of hearing about COVID as I am of writing about it (and I gave up on regular COVID posts sometime last year). That’s one reason I strongly endorse stellar physician and storytelling champ Robin Schoenthaler’s high-quality and impactful 

Moving on

Moving on

My post on leaving academic clinical medicine was picked up by MedPageToday’s popular KevinMD blog and published on Christmas Day, where it’s been shared almost 1000 times. The main idea of the piece is: “…this is not burnout. It’s self-respect,” and it’s received almost 500 

#HealthcareHeroes Rock– But We Shouldn’t Need Them

#HealthcareHeroes Rock– But We Shouldn’t Need Them

It’s Christmas Eve 2021, and our COVID numbers are nasty: This is happening all over the country. It’s another surge, worse than the last few surges, and healthcare workers operating on the front lines are beyond tired. They’re exhausted, and my heart goes out to 

Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

Sorry to open this post with a view of my dog’s butt, but this is my visual multiple times a day, since I’ve been mostly working from home. (Good thing it’s a cute fuzzy butt.) Now more than at any other time in my life, 

Reality and the Toilet Seat, Revisited

Reality and the Toilet Seat, Revisited

Originally published in April 2011, this practical post featuring a real patient encounter that took place in our clinic bathroom (and the scientific questions raised by that whole humorous situation) has been viewed many thousands of times.* In the ten years since, the evidence and