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What I Read Wednesday: VITAMEATAVEGA– Now Wait a MINute!

You can fairly readily recognize those in a patient population who fall among the nutters of the medical world.  Upon opening their charts, a long (long) list of drug ‘allergies’ … Continue reading

June 12, 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

Wound Care

She catches my hand as the resident exits the room, holding me back with her gaze.  Her eyes are like pennies, a lovely copper color, shining with blinked-back tears as … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

First Impressions

“I’m just so glad you get to learn from me, Ms. Mullberry!  I mean, what an awesome thing that I get to help out the next generation of doctors.  Oh, … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · 10 Comments

At A Loss

“You’re waking up, Ms. Jones.  You’re waking up from surgery.  Can you squeeze my hand, Ms. Jones?” The big blue anesthesia resident hovers over her pale face, shaking her hand. … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · 8 Comments

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

Till I’m Not

“Do you live here in RadCity?” “No, I live in SouthBurbs – but it’s only a 15 min drive to here.” “Oh, that’s convenient.  Who do you live with?” “My … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 8 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

Show-Off

“Oh, good.  Can I drop trow, now?” His eyes sparkle with uncanny eagerness. “Well, no, you don’t have to quite yet.  I’ll save that bit for last.” Mr. Jones grins … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Too Many Proof

“So abstaining from alcohol  – or even just cutting back – is not something you’d even be willing to try?” Dr. Hepato leans in.  She looks hard at the grizzled … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

Talking Chances

“I think it’s important now to talk about the uncomfortable part of all of this – and that is your prognosis.  The appearance of these metastases in your brain is … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cocoa Carcinoma

“Then you should treat her today.”  The young woman glares at Dr. Breathe from beneath eyelids swollen from crying. Dr. Breathe shakes her head slightly, her lips empathetically pursed.  “I … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 5 Comments

Sing It Sunday

Hello. My name is Mullberry – Mullberry Whine. I used to post here about 5 times a week.  It was good fun – for me, and the two people who … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · 8 Comments

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Anxious

“Congratulations!  You’ve done so well, I’m so pleased you’ve made it through your treatments and done so beautifully!” Mrs. Jones smiles faintly.  “When can I come back for a check … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ta-Ta, Now

“So, how long has it been since your last treatment?” The elderly woman grins so that her sparkling dentures threaten to leap from their high perch. “Nineteen years, five months.  … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

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