Public service announcement for July 25th, 2019

For immediate release: #1 When rounding in hoop and/or loop earrings, one must exert extreme caution so as not to entangle one's stethoscope in said earrings. The result could involve significant pain and potentially disfigurement. #2 When referring to the palliative care team in a progress note, refrain from using the word "impending." That conjures … Continue reading Public service announcement for July 25th, 2019

How to prolong death and maximize suffering

I'm super excited that this essay was just published on KevinMD.com. Not quite NEJM or JAMA, but I'll take it! Due to word count restrictions on KevinMD, I had to modify the original version quite a bit. Here is the link to the KevinMD post with my unabridged essay below. Enjoy! https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2019/06/how-to-have-an-exciting-death-5-tips-from-a-palliative-care-physician.html https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2019/06/how-to-have-an-exciting-death-5-tips-from-a-palliative-care-physician.html We’re all … Continue reading How to prolong death and maximize suffering

But I’m a doctor

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 get by with a little help

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

I’m sorry, sweetie

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