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Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

I was a Med/peds intern then, based at a small community hospital about 1 hours’ drive from New York City. I had been on call overnight on the Pediatrics ward, and we were in the middle of morning rounds. The entire team was standing around […]

Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All.  –Vince Lombardi

Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All. –Vince Lombardi

I thought of this quote yesterday as I sat at my computer, in my office, at my hospital, quietly crying. I could not stop crying. I was hoping no one would walk in and see me. It wasn’t that bad of a morning, just very, […]

Back to Work: On Varicose Veins, and Domestic Violence Screening

Back to Work: On Varicose Veins, and Domestic Violence Screening

It was hard to go back to work after our niece’s murder. She was killed in a domestic abuse homicide, in June. I took off five days to spend with my husband’s family, for all the memorial services, the wake, the funeral. It was hard, […]

Remembering an Angel

Remembering an Angel

This is a followup to the previous post. It’s been a month since our niece Angel was murdered. The trip back to hubby’s hometown for the funeral was surreal. We took Babyboy- how could we be without him for 5 days? And yet the care […]

Drugs, Violence and Tragedy- In Our Family

Drugs, Violence and Tragedy- In Our Family

It is with heavy heart that I share the news of the sudden and untimely death of our niece, yesterday. I will call her “Angel”, and her 18-month-old daughter, who is now essentially orphaned, is “Sunshine”. My husband called me at work yesterday, his voice […]

Brutal vs. Practical

Brutal vs. Practical

I’m on call for our practice this week, which means I’m rounding on our inpatients. One of our patients, Henrietta, is a woman in her 70’s who has fairly advanced dementia; she is no longer able to walk, and had developed a very large blood […]

A Holiday Weekend

A Holiday Weekend

It’s so easy to forget the real meaning behind Memorial Day. Especially when the weather is as nice as it has been this weekend. I was at work Friday, and it already seemed like a day off. It was an easy day. Several patients last-minute […]

On food cravings and prohibitions in pregnancy: I’ll take my steak rare, please

On food cravings and prohibitions in pregnancy: I’ll take my steak rare, please

It is widely published and accepted that certain foods and substances are a total “no-no” for pregnant women. There are a gazillion websites that will happily list the things you can’t have if you’re pregnant: raw and undercooked meats (so, no sushi, and no rare […]

On Progesterone and Poopie: Rolling With It

On Progesterone and Poopie: Rolling With It

It appears that my posts are getting farther between… Yes, I am dragging, but I’m hoping it’s temporary. There is a good reason for my less-than-spectacular energy level right now, and it’s not only because it took me four days to recover from a 24-hour […]

Reevaluating Germs

Reevaluating Germs

Compared to many people I know, I’m laid-back about germs. I do believe in handwashing: a LOT of handwashing. I try not to touch my face when I’m in the office: no nail biting, eye rubbing or contact lens adjustment, unless I’ve washed my hands […]