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Healthy Stress- Busting

Healthy Stress- Busting

This was my first full week back at work after a glorious two- week vacation. It’s summer and the schedule’s been light, but there’s still lab results and paperwork to catch up with. And, we had the orientation for the first year medical  student interviewing […]

Beach Inertia

Beach Inertia

It took a full week of vacation before I was really on vacation. C’mon, I’m not the only working zombie on the beach who just keeps chugging through emails, logging into the office, adding my two cents’ worth here and there, unable to just let […]

Tactile Anxiolytics, Anyone?

Tactile Anxiolytics, Anyone?

The kittens are almost five weeks old, and  just so damn cute. Research has shown that having pets is associated with a healthy decrease in blood pressure, and I believe it. As crazy as my days are, and as tired as I am by nightfall, […]

Sharing a post: Sorry, I’m Disabled. Oh, Wait, I’m Not Sorry, Just Disabled.

Sharing a post: Sorry, I’m Disabled. Oh, Wait, I’m Not Sorry, Just Disabled.

Another thoughtful, clever and enjoyable essay from scientist and writer Lara Freidenfelds: Sorry, I’m Disabled. Oh Wait, I’m Not Sorry, Just Disabled.

Oh, Rats!

Oh, Rats!

This week would have been a lot less complicated, if it wasn’t for the rat issue. Distracted is a mild way to describe the state of our household, since our neighbor called us: Early in the week, she happened to look out her window and […]

Is This Normal?

Is This Normal?

Okay, our five-year-old just wrote a “silly book” (his words) encouraging maximum disobedience, disgusting behavior, and general nastiness. (See the entire thing below.) Babyboy has been creating “books” for over a year. These are doodles and words that sometimes tell a story, but more often […]

When There Are No Words, There Are Prayers

When There Are No Words, There Are Prayers

I have witnessed my own family, friends, and patients experience massive, painful losses, and I’ve often wished to God that I knew the exact right words to say, the words that would make it easier for them. But I don’t know. Like most physicians, who […]

It’s Time

It’s Time

Four in the morning. Our little pregnant cat chirped loud purr-meows, climbed up and even pawed at my head, until I got out of bed. This is not her usual behavior.  Thinking she was especially hungry, I ventured downstairs and tore up some sliced ham, […]

Did Medical School Prepare Me For This?

Did Medical School Prepare Me For This?

This is not a cat blog, but. If you’ve been following, you know that we just adopted an adorable little stray cat from a local shelter, and (oops!) she just happens to be pregnant.  Our vet is lovely, and when she confirmed my suspicions that […]

Sharing a post: stress and a bad diet can cause chronic pain, just ask my cat

Sharing a post: stress and a bad diet can cause chronic pain, just ask my cat

I just read the below highly entertaining post by Dr. Jen Gunter, and I have to share. Of course, I’m a primary care doc for women who also loves cats, so, I may be biased: As a pain medicine physician one of the hardest parts […]