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Antibiotic Audit

“Sure, this may be viral, but whenever he gets a virus he always gets a bacterial sinusitis afterward.  Can’t we just have the antibiotic now to head it off at … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Like It Never Happened

“I can’t bag him anymore – nothing’s going in.”  The sinewy paramedic looks up at John expectantly. John nods, takes in a sharp breath. “Place an ET tube.” “Placing an … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

I Just Finished Medical School And….

It’s a FABULOUS (terrifying, surprising, FABULOUS) feeling. (For all the like minded medical science nerds out there, yes, the featured image is an endorphin.)

May 14, 2013 · 9 Comments

An Odd Kind of Freedom

As I exit the lecture hall, traverse the lobby I’ve traipsed across too many times to count and at hours too early or late to speak of, everything – the … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

What I Read Wednesday: Cat Crap

“But they need their freedom, cats.  They need to feel wild sometimes.” My friend sips her coffee and jiggles a bright pink mouse in front of her tabby’s face.  He … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Rotten

“Oh, I’ve been doing just the same, just the same, quite well, no complaints.” “That’s good.  Anything you’d like to discuss with Dr. Gray today?” The slight man’s face is … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

What I Read Wednesday: Hey Fatty

Well that got your attention, didn’t it? If you’re one of the 55% of Americans who are overweight or obese reading this, I apologize.  I didn’t mean to be offensive.  … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Control

“The last time Dr. Jones saw you was back in July, and at that time she adjusted your insulin a bit because your sugars were pretty high.  It looks like … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 17 Comments

Softball

“With the controlling medications we have today, the life expectancy for someone with HIV is actually longer than for most people with diabetes…  And the infectious disease people here are … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

And When He Tells Her

There are little dimples in her sagging cheeks, a tribute to the youth that composes her age.  She has one of the most genuine smiles I’ve ever seen, a kindness … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

What I Read Wednesday: Bully For You

Medical school is an awful lot of things. It’s opportunity. It’s exciting. It’s fulfilling. But it’s also frightening. And tiring. It’s time and family and outside interest consuming. And it’s … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Bit Thyroidal

“Well, then who is going to see me?!” “I can, sir, if you’d like to save some time.  I can see you now and staff you with one of the attending Endocrinologi-“ “But you’re not … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

What I Read Wednesday: Screeds and Slinkies

I caught a short discussion on this controversial article on NPR’s Morning Edition while driving to work a few days back and, now that the madness of submitting my ERAS application … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · 9 Comments

In 1940’s Fashion

“Did…did you just slap me?!” I look down at my hand, stopped mid-gesture, at his hand, lying nonchalantly across his lap, then up again at the piercing, pimping eyes of the … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · 12 Comments

All Systems Go

“Alright Mr. Jones, just a few more prying questions before I ask permission to examine you.  We call it the ‘review of systems’ – it’s a set of questions about … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · 12 Comments

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