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Six Months

Six months is a long time.  For some things, that is. Like, “I’ve been waiting for my paperwork to go through for six months.”  That sort of time spent waiting … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

Favorite Things Flip and Dip

It wasn’t until after graduating college and having spent a year as a research technician in the lab of an MD that I decided I wanted to be a physician … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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: 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

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

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

When She’s Done

The steadily increasing pains have reduced her to breathless whimper, the cheerful jesting of latent labor long forgotten.  She gestures for her boyfriend’s arm, clutches at my hand as another … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 8 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

Spontaneous

“Have you seen a spontaneous vaginal delivery yet?” a resident barks as she books by me, motioning with her head for me to follow.  I pend my post-op note and … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

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