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True, True, and Very Funny

True, True, and Very Funny

A few  lighthearted moments from practice: A gentleman of advanced age came in with swelling of the ankles. It was important to ask him if he had any chest pain with activity. Me: “Do you have any chest pain with activity?” He: “Activity?” Me: “Yes, […]

Taking care of ourselves

Taking care of ourselves

We, as modern-day Americans, are way too busy. We work ridiculous hours; we overschedule our kids; we overcommit ourselves.   Not a clinic session goes by without at least one of my patients describing how they feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or worse. They have panic […]

Perspective….

Perspective….

It’s been a rough week, with hubby traveling, baby up once or twice a night. I’m particularly bogged down at work, and I’m exhausted. But as tired as I am, I’m also tired of writing posts about how tired I am. How incredibly hard and yet […]

Tired, Hungry, and Cranky

Tired, Hungry, and Cranky

It’s 3 pm and my 22 month old son hasn’t had his nap yet. We tried, but it looks like one of those days where Babyboy becomes wired/ tired, increasingly mischevious, and irritable, until he crashes out. The only plus to this situation is he’ll […]

3 a.m. Things To Do

3 a.m. Things To Do

Our neighborhood is primarily residential, but our house is along a busy road that eventually feeds onto  the highway on-ramp. Hence, our road becomes quite busy from the earliest morning commute until pretty late at night. So, you know you’re up at an ungodly hour […]

Adult patients making bad decisions: What do you do?

Adult patients making bad decisions: What do you do?

(Details of this case have been omitted or altered.) Last year, at a visit for something totally unrelated, a young adult patient disclosed to me that they were snorting some drugs with friends. Sometimes. Only before they went out. And they really liked it. BUT they were […]

Nature vs. Nurture: How do our kids end up liking why they like?

Nature vs. Nurture: How do our kids end up liking why they like?

How much of our kids’ likes and dislikes are made up of what we want and expect them to like and dislike; and how much is sort of, preprogrammed? I have heard other parents say they were just blown away by what their kids fell […]

Fifteen Patients, Fifty Issues

Fifteen Patients, Fifty Issues

Fridays are my long days. I see patients pretty much from 8:30 am to 5 pm, which really means being at the office by 7 am and leaving around 6 pm. On most of those long days, I see around 12 to 14 people. Of […]

Back to work….And loving it

Back to work….And loving it

So I went back to work at 9 weeks postpartum. We are allowed 3 months’ paid leave, which here in the USA, even for doctors, is really good maternity leave. 2 months of that leave is completely covered,  meaning, by our productivity model, I don’t […]

Does anyone else think a trip alone to the grocery store qualifies as fun?

Does anyone else think a trip alone to the grocery store qualifies as fun?

Yesterday, I had the day off from work, and a list of chores/ errands/ stuff I needed to do. My saintly mother offered to watch the kids for me for a few hours so I could: go running, go grocery shopping, do laundry, and catch […]