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#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 

Self Reflection, Self-Respect

Self Reflection, Self-Respect

“Mom, every time I look in the mirror, I see something different. Sometimes it’s good and I feel good about myself, but, sometimes it’s not.” It was well after dinner, and my nine-year-old daughter was perched on the kitchen counter nibbling on apple slices while 

Near miss

Near miss

It’s the kind of thing that can happen to anyone, and when it happens to you, you have to tell someone. I was driving my daughter home from a classmate’s birthday party this Saturday afternoon, just me and her in our beat-up going-on-ten-year-old grey minivan. 

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to be good.

I’ve long considered having these classic, profound opening words of Mary Oliver’s most famous poem tattooed on my body somewhere. Since I quit clinical medicine a month ago, I’m at that stage where I’m researching tattoo parlors. It was just this morning, a late October 

Thankful

Thankful

Yesterday was Friday, typically a long day in the office for me, with clinic in the morning and afternoon. I also schedule office time before and after patients to catch up on paperwork, results review and reporting, messages and phone calls… This week, I’m also 

Vacation Re-set

Vacation Re-set

Just a brief post about vacation, a word that can mean many things to different people. For me, vacation is a break in the routine that allows for a re-set. And this vacation in particular has been a fantastic re-set. Right now, we are up 

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

Having animals in our lives is good for us. I know this for a fact, but science says so, too. Just type “Pets” and “Health” into Pubmed, there’s tons of evidence. One review article titled The Best Medicine examines numerous research studies and concludes that 

Pandemic Vacation

Pandemic Vacation

COVID-related notes from our nine-day family trip to Guatemala: Easter is a big deal in Guate. It’s not only about religious services, street processions, and family gatherings; It’s also about vacation, and everyone flocks to the coast to frolic. That was April 4th. As a