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R & R

R & R

It’s been a rough stretch. A massive writing deadline met; a busy on-call week; my dear grandmom’s stroke, passing, and funeral. It’s rare for me to sign out of clinic for more than a week, and usually I feel guilty. This time, plagued by TMJ […]

A Good Life, Remembered

A Good Life, Remembered

Three weeks after suffering a massive stroke, my grandmother Elizabeth Santospago (née Munn) has passed away. She was 92 years old. No one would argue the fact that Elizabeth had some incredibly tough life experiences. Not many people could suffer part of their childhood in […]

Life, and Everything in Between

Life, and Everything in Between

Elizabeth Santospago is ninety-two years old. She is mother to five, grandmother to eleven, great-grandmother to nineteen. She’s been living with my mom, brother, and his family for years– four generations under one roof! and has always enjoyed a special place in the household, literally […]

Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

If any physician suspects that a child (or an elder) is being abused, they are legally required to call the appropriate authorities. When Washington D.C. pediatrician Sanjiv Sriram saw that children were being abused, he did just that. He called Child Protective Services… on the […]

A 12 Minute Gift

A 12 Minute Gift

I wanted to get to the office early, to tackle the formidable tasks on my to-do list. Of course, as soon as I entered the train station, my train was arriving. I booked it through the turnstile and trotted down the stairs and burst out […]

Guest Blogger: On Sugar Addiction

Guest Blogger: On Sugar Addiction

Does sugar addiction exist? If we look at the basic definition of addiction, it certainly makes sense. Per Psychology Today: Addiction is a condition in which a person uses a substance or engages in a behavior that has such powerfully rewarding effects that they are compelled […]

Memorial Day, Explained Better Than I Could

Memorial Day, Explained Better Than I Could

“Memorial day quotes” is a thing. People are seriously seeking inspiration and meaning on this holiday. I thought it would be difficult to find a few good, powerful, slightly subversive and yet unarguably patriotic quotes from respectable famous people. But no: this was easy, and […]

Being Active When You’re Too Busy

Being Active When You’re Too Busy

It’s 2018, and we’re all so super-busy. Me, I’m up against a tight deadline for a 50k-word writing project, seeing patients in clinic 3-4 sessions per week, and mothering two little kids. But I’m sneaking in activity, because I have to. Exercise is medicine, critical […]

How is primary care like a box of chocolates?

How is primary care like a box of chocolates?

Sharing a funny but true post from Dana Corriel, MD titled Primary Care Medicine: Like a Box Of Chocolates, You Never Know What You’re Going To Get. Very true!

Take a walk

Take a walk

Walking offers so many physical and mental health benefits. But usually, I don’t make time to just take a walk. Lately, I’ve been trying. About two workaday mornings a week, I hop off the train one stop before the hospital and power-walk through town. I’m […]