Anxiety

Her pupils dilate. She whips her head side to side, searching for the impending danger. Her chest heaves with each shallow, rapid breath. Her heart suddenly feels too heavy for her body. “I need more air. I can’t breathe.” She told herself. She pushes her chair back, looks around at all of the blurred faces,Continue reading “Anxiety”

Who Am I?

My bones ache. I sweat at night. I’m steadily losing weight. Who am I? A breast cancer patient. Pins and needles stab my feet. I can’t quench my thirst. I gain weight for no reason. Who am I? A diabetes patient. Electric shock travels down my leg. I can’t sit. I can’t stand. I can’tContinue reading “Who Am I?”

The Voice Inside

I order and review a lot of labs. A lot. Every day. Basic labs include a blood count, kidney function, liver function, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc), cholesterol, and an A1C (if you’re diabetic). These labs will typically help us monitor how meds may be affecting patients, how controlled or uncontrolled their medical conditions, and ifContinue reading “The Voice Inside”

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”

The Angry Man

Angry patients can be difficult. They’re angry because they have financial difficulties, because their diabetes is very uncontrolled and they feel miserable, because they suffer from depression (a lot of men hide their depression with anger), or for a number of other reasons. But angry patients don’t really bother me because it’s hardly ever directedContinue reading “The Angry Man”

The COVID vaccine

I got my first dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine 12/30/2020. I like to say that I ended 2020 on a high note and entered 2021 with the hope that this vaccine will keep me and my family safe during the pandemic. I’ve been asked a few questions about the vaccine so I thought I’dContinue reading “The COVID vaccine”

New Year, New You!

I asked my daughter a question the other day, anticipating a somewhat vague, generic answer. I asked her, “Can people change?” And she said, “Do you mean mentally, physically, or spiritually?” I found myself surprised and impressed with her response. I said, “Let’s start with mentally and spiritually.” Then she answered, “Yes. But they haveContinue reading “New Year, New You!”

The Christmas Tree

My husband practices Dermatology, a field that most medical professionals are weak in and are weary of. Why? Because it’s hard! So many rashes look alike. But my favorite rash of all time presents mostly in young women, on their back, and in a Christmas tree pattern. Yep, you heard me. This rash is spreadContinue reading “The Christmas Tree”

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”

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”