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How To Think About The Unthinkable

How To Think About The Unthinkable

Yesterday evening, I left work and hurried to the subway station. As my train rumbled close, I bolted up the stairs  in a frantic attempt to catch it. As per usual, I missed it by about thirty seconds. But even as I stood shivering on the windy […]

60 Minutes A Day!

60 Minutes A Day!

Both of my kids have carefully curated candy caches. Halloween is a week past, but those piles of sugar and fat haven’t shrunk much. Babyboy is more interested in organizing and displaying his (he keeps building a “candy store” in the living room), and Babygirl […]

There Are Scarier Things

There Are Scarier Things

It’s late into Halloween night, and since I woke up in a coughing fit, I haven’t been able to get back to sleep. There are some scary things on my mind. Not the ghosts from my previous post, nor modern-day vampires, serial killers and zombies […]

Hypocrites in our own house: Maternity leave and American Healthcare

Hypocrites in our own house: Maternity leave and American Healthcare

A surgeon fights for every second of her maternity leave: Source: Hypocrites in our own house: Maternity leave and American Healthcare

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude Is Everything

We can learn a lot from animals. Here is Salter, my current favorite resident of our local animal shelter. This friendly feline was surrendered by a family after suffering for days, if not weeks, with an open infected leg fracture. When I first met him, […]

Why Am I So Beat?

Why Am I So Beat?

I’ve started writing several posts this week, only to get pulled away by one thing or the other. By the time I’ve been able to get back to the draft, my thought and attention has already turned to another topic. I’ve now got very brief […]

Sympathy vs Empathy With The Devil

Sympathy vs Empathy With The Devil

What’s the difference between sympathy and empathy? Example in action*: I was on call. I got that page, that very typical page: Patient running out of pain meds needs immediate refill please call. Ugh. More often than not, the phone call that follows this page […]

Link to: I Need A New Stethoscope by Jenni Levy, MD

Link to: I Need A New Stethoscope by Jenni Levy, MD

Not ashamed to say that I am in tears, even while sitting here at work. Got to share, a most wonderfully moving piece: I Need A New Stethoscope by Jenni Levy, MD

An Open Letter To My Fellow Commuters

An Open Letter To My Fellow Commuters

I have promised my patients, colleagues, friends, family, neighbors, and everyone that I will never personally attack anyone on this site. But I reserve the right to shame anonymous members of the general public for their bad behavior. I’ve been taking the train (the Boston subway line is affectionately […]

I Saved My Kid’s Life…

I Saved My Kid’s Life…

But my poor choices put him at risk in the first place. It was a gorgeous summer Saturday morning. I had originally planned to leave Babyboy with Hubby and take Babygirl with me to visit a friend and her new babies. But, Hubby had a […]