work life balance

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

I rarely get to the gym, and when I do get there, I’m on a tight schedule. So I want the biggest cardiovascular benefit and most calorie burn in the least amount of time. Plus, I’m a Type A, perpetually multitasking, frighteningly nerdy medical professional… […]

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

If I wasn’t a parent, being on call wouldn’t be so bad.  Except for these pathetically outdated pagers with the visually challenging black-on-green screens. One is forced to squint — painfully — in order to read the message.  There was an effort to switch over […]

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

My blogging bandwidth was squeezed considerably by clinical and personal stressors  this past week. I was on call for our practice, and while there were few actual pages, they were mostly middle-of-the-night legitimate medical problems. Like, Doctor, I’m coughing up blood; as opposed to Doctor, […]

Actively on Vacation

Actively on Vacation

It’s hard for many doctors to “unplug” from clinical duties. And it can be hard for anyone to be physically active when they’re away. But last week, we were actively on vacation in every sense of the phrase. And it felt wonderful. The week prior, I […]

Every Doctor-Mom Needs To Read This Essay

Every Doctor-Mom Needs To Read This Essay

I’m sharing this beautiful and powerful essay by a med school classmate, friend and hero. She writes about her invasive breast cancer diagnosis at age forty- one, and how it changed her life– for the better. 

If You’re Pushing and the Door Won’t Open…

If You’re Pushing and the Door Won’t Open…

We’ve got a lot going on. In addition to our normally nuts two-working-parents-two-kids lives, we’ve had several other crisis- level family issues. And in the midst of all that, I’m attending a highly anticipated annual conference for doctor- writers, held at a very fancy downtown […]

A Working Mom Faces Monday With Mixed Feelings

A Working Mom Faces Monday With Mixed Feelings

It’s the Monday after school vacation week, and here I am boarding my train, bound for downtown and my clinic. Part of me is elated! Doctoring is, weirdly, the easier half of my existence. It’s a  challenging and rewarding career for which I feel well-suited, […]

When the doctor really f—– needs to see the doctor

When the doctor really f—– needs to see the doctor

That f — can mean many things… freaking, finally, or… other things. I showed up at my primary care’s office yesterday waving the white flag. It was two weekends ago that Babygirl woke up with 102 degrees temp and exploding snot; it’s been ten days […]

A Miraculous Cure for a Cough?

A Miraculous Cure for a Cough?

I’ve been coughing for three weeks now, gross gacking fits productive of thick wads and plugs of mucous. Lovely. It’s a combo of postnasal drip and reactive airways, a cough triggered from above and below. I’ve learned that I better stay on top of the […]

0.88 Miles

0.88 Miles

Friday morning, 6:20 a.m. I was standing on the train in my favorite spot, leaning against the back wall while holding my coffee mug and staring at my smartphone. At Park Street, one stop away from the hospital station, the train lurched and halted and […]