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”

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 Good Listener

“It’s back.” Tears rolled down her cheeks and she sobbed. “Oh, no.” I grabbed her hand and held it tight. She could only feel the rubbery material of my gloves and she could only see my eyes above my mask but despite the physical barriers, she knew my comfort was there. “You’ve gotten through itContinue reading “The Good Listener”

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”

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 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”

Prayer Works, Part 3

She spent most of her days overwhelmed with fatigue. She spent a lot of days vomiting. She spent a lot of days traveling to her doc’s office for radiation. She spent two years with breast cancer. I spent time with this patient for two years. I spent our visits smiling with her. I spent ourContinue reading “Prayer Works, Part 3”

Prayer Works

“ Your diabetes is very uncontrolled.” I looked at this sweet elderly patient of mine. “ I’m not worried about it. God‘s got me.” The patient smiled and looked me squarely in the eyes. “ I agree that God has you but maybe He put me in your life to help with your medical needs.”Continue reading “Prayer Works”

Why Family Medicine

I’m Kristina Polley, a Physician Assistant that practices Family Medicine. I’m referred by most of my patients as their “family doc”. Typically, that means that I take care of their high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, weight issues, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, and a few other chronic conditions. I’m the one they see for theirContinue reading “Why Family Medicine”