The Missing Piece

When I say that I practice Family Medicine, what do you think of? Most people say, “Diabetes, high blood pressure, runny noses, and families.” Yep, all of that is true haha! But I think of Family Medicine as “finding the missing piece”. When you go to the hospital, what do they tell you when youContinue reading “The Missing Piece”

Birthmark

As a child, I was fascinated with birthmarks. People would have large brown ones, small brown ones, an oddly shaped scar, or multiple spots here and there that they’d be proud to show. Now that I’m a medical provider, I still find skin marks interesting but now I know what a few of them areContinue reading “Birthmark”

Circumcision-God’s Covenant

I remember the first time that I witnessed a circumcision. I was an undergraduate student, shadowing various Pediatricians. I watched as the baby was strapped down on a warm, comfortable examination table. I watched as the baby was undressed and his body part numbed. With one quick, swift, horizontal swipe from left to right, theContinue reading “Circumcision-God’s Covenant”

Day 7-A Restful Meditation

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2: 2-3 NIV On the 7th day, after God createdContinue reading “Day 7-A Restful Meditation”

Day 6-Humans

Tall. Average. Petite. Obese. Average. Underweight. Anorexic. Black. Brown. Green. Blue. Hazel. Eyes. Black. Brown. Blonde. Dirty blonde. Grey. White. Hair. The possible combinations of skin, hair, eyes, height, weight, muscle build, fatty tissue, nail thickness, personality, etc. are in the millions. Yes, God made them all. Vitiligo. Neurofibromatosis. Psoriasis. Acne. Acanthosis Nigracans. Rosacea. AllContinue reading “Day 6-Humans”

Day 4: Circadian Rhythm

“I’m having trouble sleeping.” “Are you having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both?” “Both. It takes me a long time to fall asleep and when I do, I’m up at about 2 or 3 a.m. So I probably only sleep 3 or 4 hours every night.” This is a typical conversation that I haveContinue reading “Day 4: Circadian Rhythm”

Day 3: Herbal Medicine

Mood swings, hot flashes, hair loss, and amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle) for more than a year. Most people are aware of what women experience when they undergo menopause. But the most agitating symptom that my patients complain about during menopause is hot flashes. They describe sleepless nights of wrestling with covers, sheets, the fan, andContinue reading “Day 3: Herbal Medicine”

Day 2

My last blog discussed the creation of Day 1 in the book of Genesis. Let’s take a look at Day 2: Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space toContinue reading “Day 2”

Day 1

Monday. Some of you may have squirmed at the sight of that. Some may have sighed. Others may have rolled their eyes. Monday is typically denoted as the start of a new week. We typically think of it as the busiest day, the most stressful day, and the longest day of the week. For me,Continue reading “Day 1”

The Promises of Medicine

Part of practicing family medicine is providing patient education. I have to be able to explain diagnoses and treatments and answer patient questions. A great example is when I diagnose overactive or under-active thyroid disorders (hyper or hypothyroidism). “Will I have to take this medication forever?” I’m often asked. “Yes.” “Will the medication work?” IsContinue reading “The Promises of Medicine”