May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! In my line of work, I see a lot of horrible things happen to people at no fault of their own. Often times, their illnesses could not have been predicted or prevented. Skin cancer, however, is something that can be detected early and there are steps that you can … Continue reading NO TANNING BEDS FOR YOU!
I found you standing on a platform. It was a foggy, damp morning and your vision was obscured. People came and went, some with urgency, others not so much. Some people you knew, others were strangers. Your husband was usually nearby, often holding your hand, other times out of sight. At times you could hear … Continue reading The Platform
Yesterday (which was Saturday) I got up at 5:30am. For ANOTHER dance competition. And for a split second I thought "No...nope...no way! We're not doing this today." But 0.52 seconds into my revolt, I remembered that I'm a grown up and I have to actually follow through on things I've committed to. And my mom … Continue reading Dance mom, part deux
I live for Saturday mornings. Specifically the part where I get to sleep past 7:00. And if it's a rainy, stormy morning it's even better. So this morning when my alarm went off at 5:15 and I heard the thunder crashing, my soul cried bitter tears. Why in the world would my alarm be going … Continue reading Confessions of a reluctant dance mom
I've come to the conclusion that we eat salads because we refuse to accept the possibility that we might die an early or accidental death. Right? If you eat healthy, you reason that you will delay getting cancer, you postpone clogging up your coronaries, you put off strokes and you will live to be at … Continue reading That salad was a sketchy bastard
Right now I'm boiling eggs in preparation for Easter festivities this weekend. Six of them have cracked already....and my kids aren't even home. If anyone has a suggestion for how to boil eggs without cracking them, please share. I love this time of year, but easily get caught up in the bunnies, the pretty pastel … Continue reading Today you will be with me in paradise
So there is now a holiday called "National Siblings Day." It appears that this day is celebrated by posting pictures of one's self with one's siblings on facebook and instagram and spouting nostalgic pleasantries about the sacred bonds of siblinghood. Even though we all know good and well that on at least 1468 different occasions … Continue reading Happy National Only Child Day!
The following is my personal account of an actual situation. Others involved may have a completely different recollection, and may question my recall of recent events. The scene: My kitchen The time: Monday morning, just before leaving for school Louisa: Hey dad, when you go shopping today will you get Nutella? Danny: Um, no. Me: … Continue reading But I’m a doctor
I just finished a five week stretch of clinical service, including four weeks in the hospital seeing inpatient Palliative Care consults and one week at our local Hospice House. This stretch also included two weekends of coverage, the most recent being this past weekend. Now...I realize that most people work every week, but keep in … Continue reading I get by with a little help
This morning as I was sitting at my desk reviewing patient charts, my office partner (we'll call him Dr. Patt Rones) walked in like he normally does, dropped his stuff on our couch (that's right, we're big time and have a couch in our office) and offered a chipper "good morning!" Then he walked over, … Continue reading I’m sorry, sweetie