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Renegade

I went to bed feeling like the queen of the mega-code, but this morning her majesty is wicked tired from all the studying and angst that comes from completing physician … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 2 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

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

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

Sing It Sunday

This song is brought to you by a recent, rather long and uncomfortable customer service call to Inadept Airlines. One of my flights had been delayed such that I would … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Favorite Things Friday

Ah, Downton Abbey. Yes, it’s nothing more than a soap opera – with brilliant accents, beautiful period clothing, and a stunning setting. But, come on. Who doesn’t love a little … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 3 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

A Better Day

“I’m very, very sorry sir, but the satellites are down… we can do cash only just now.” The middle-aged woman at the register purses her lips sympathetically, gesturing sadly for … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

The First Time

The nurse hands me a patient rooming sheet with a smile. “Last patient, Ms. Mullberry,” she sings, settling into her creaky computer chair and typing furiously.  “Then it’s home, home, home for … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 10 Comments

Silly Goose

“I’m 98 years old.  What do you think about that?!” “I think that’s pretty swell!” I smile.  “I bet you’ve got a lot of great stories to tell.” “Oh, plenty, … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 2 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

Sticking My Neck Out

“Mullberry, what is this!?” “Hmm?  What’s what?” “Honey, you can’t do this!” Mr. Whine thunders in from the bedroom and thrusts his iPod into my lap.  I set aside my … Continue reading

October 18, 2012 · 4 Comments

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