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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 […]

Bad Words

Bad Words

I saw a patient of mine yesterday for her annual exam; she is a divorced mom of two teenaged kids. She works full-time and barely ever comes in. My impression has always been that she’s one very strong and practical lady.  She said she didn’t […]

When Writing Is Inspired By Work: Different For Doctors?

When Writing Is Inspired By Work: Different For Doctors?

A concerned friend sent me a link to a story about a doctor who had posted details of a trauma case on Facebook. Apparently the details were very specific, and a non-doctor Facebook friend was able to easily identify the patient. The doctor was fired […]

Sketches from a Rainy Clinic Morning

Sketches from a Rainy Clinic Morning

Just a little more sleep It was still very dark out when Babyboy woke up this morning. He usually sleeps like a champ, so it was odd that he cried out just before dawn. I lay in bed and listened to him whimper and rustle […]

The Reality and the Toilet Seat

The Reality and the Toilet Seat

Last week I was in clinic, running 30 minutes behind, with several patients waiting to be seen. I had just finished up with a new patient and was showing her where the lab waiting area was located, down the hall. Just then a very elderly […]

Learning Our Lessons, Chapter 1: Listen To Your Gut

Learning Our Lessons, Chapter 1: Listen To Your Gut

Last fall, my patient Kelly came to the office with shortness of breath. She’s an athletic black woman with a history of asthma; she’s also a nurse at our hospital. It was fall and her allergies had been acting up. She had already called asking […]

Pager Anxiety

Pager Anxiety

I was on call for 7 days starting last Friday. My mother watched Babyboy all day until I got home from work close to 7 pm. My husband was traveling. Mom and I  had a bowl of soup together, and then she went home. I […]

The Study/ Skills/ Magic of Putting a Baby to Bed

The Study/ Skills/ Magic of Putting a Baby to Bed

When Babyboy was around two months old, a well-meaning member of our church asked me, “Is he sleeping through the night?” I had to stammer out that, um, no, he is actually up about every 3 or 4 hours still. I shrugged it off. But […]

Short Short Stories from a Winter Office Day

Short Short Stories from a Winter Office Day

Conversation piece I drove into work on a particularly chilly morning, as per usual, and parked in my assigned lot, which is no less than a mile from my building. I picked my way across the icy city streets and strategically landscaped walkways. Every morning […]

Plug for a great article

Plug for a great article

This is a great article that explains alot about healthcare. This is doctor/ writer Atul Gawande at his apolitical, just-the-facts-ma’am best. Here he highlights several practices and projects that have cut healthcare costs while IMPROVING care. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande   I hope others are as excited about […]