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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

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

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

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

Two Stories

He points to the trash can at my feet with a trembling hand, breathing heavily as he struggles simply to manage his own secretions.  I hold an emesis basin beneath … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 2 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

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

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