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Mother’s Day 2014

I’m sitting at the dining room table, munching on french fries, leftovers from friday night’s dinner, trying to chew quietly as I listen for any sounds of little children who might be attempting to boycott their naps.  The husband is at the hospital working on an emergency case. This is how I am spending Mother’s … Continue reading

Chief Complaint: Fatigue

During one of my last days at work before maternity leave, an older male patient came to see me complaining of fatigue.  During the appointment, he looked at me and said, “Well, I guess it [the feeling of tiredness] could be all related to being a parent.  You see, I have a 1.5-year-old at home. … Continue reading

Lights, Camera, Action!

Recently I was contacted by one of the physician services representatives of our hospital to set up a meeting to be filmed.  This is part of a publicity strategy to place a short video in our online profile so that potential patients who search the database can view our  “clinical experience and personal medical philosophy”. … Continue reading

Just an oil change

Yesterday, with much dreaded anticipation, I took my car in for a routine oil change. Being the daughter of a mechanical engineer, of course I know that general car maintenance requires typical things like oil changes, air filter replacements, brakes checked, tire rotations, etc.  But I really really hate going in for any of these … Continue reading

The Business-Savvy-Doctor

A patient recently came to see me for adrenal issues, and when I asked her who originally diagnosed her, she told me that she had gone to a “Med-Spa” for a facial and happened to mention various clinical symptoms to the owner of the spa.  The spa owner, lo-and-behold, happened to be an endocrinologist (!) … Continue reading

Doing things my way

Since one of my partners left the group a few months ago, I’ve inherited a few patients that are quite…set in their ways.  On the one hand, I can understand that patients who have grown comfortable with the same doctor for the past 10+ years can be reluctant to take a new physician’s advice, but … Continue reading

Professional Courtesy

A couple days last week, I wasn’t feeling well.  I had a low-grade fever and shaking chills.  My body ached liked I had gotten run over by a truck. My husband the astute diagnostician examined me and pointed out an expanding red spot on the top of my foot, “Looks like you got bit by … Continue reading

Why I went into medicine and not art

Sometimes when I am talking to patients, I draw pictures to demonstrate what I am talking about.  Here are a couple of examples. I’m pretty happy with my medical illustrations.  I think it gets my point across, and/or provides some entertainment for the patients.  However, I’m thinking about taking some art lessons from my 2.75 … Continue reading

Being labeled

I don’t know about other physicians/healthcare providers, but there are certain words that I see on patient’s medical chart that strike fear in my heart.  Here is a sample list: Fibromyalgia Irritable Bowel Syndrome Atypical Chest Pain Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Pelvic Pain These illnesses fall into a category known as  “Functional Disorders”, which means, according … Continue reading

Awkward

A patient with diabetes called a couple of days ago to make an urgent appointment.  Due to some scheduling issues/trying to accommodate to her travel plans,  I had my assistant overbook the patient into my lunch break. This morning, about 1.5 hours before the appointment, the patient called to cancel because “her daughter was sick … Continue reading