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 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”

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”

Algorithms

I LOVE algorithms! When presented with a symptom from a patient, I will always use an algorithm to figure out what’s going on in order to properly treat the symptom. For example, I get a lot of complaints from patients about chronic headaches. So, I use a series of questions in order to go downContinue reading “Algorithms”

More than Pain

If you ask medical providers their least favorite topic, I would hypothesize that it’s probably pain. It’s not because we don’t want to take the time to do a thorough physical exam, order x-rays, order bloodwork, or prescribe medication. It’s because we’re a bit frustrated with the opioid pandemic. In actuality, we enjoy trying toContinue reading “More than Pain”

Genealogy

If you’re 50 years or older, you’re due for a colonoscopy. Unless you have an immediate family member with colon cancer, then you might need a colonoscopy sooner. If you’re a 50 year old female, you’re due for a mammogram. You can get one starting at the age of 40 but the USPSTF (U.S. PreventiveContinue reading “Genealogy”

Significance of a Name

Hashimoto’s Disease. Takotsubo’s Cardiomyopathy. Wernicke’s Encephalopathy. These are some famous names in medicine. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, disovered by a Japanese physician named Hakaru Hashimoto, is an autoimmune thyroid disorder where the thyroid gland doesn’t function as well as it should, which can cause weight gain, depression, joint pain, constipation, dry skin, etc. This can be life-threatening.Continue reading “Significance of a Name”

COVID-19 Update

Hello everyone! I pray that everyone is staying safe during the pandemic! I have a few updates and this is, of course, from the perspective of a family medicine provider, your neighborhood friendly PA. Symptoms of COVID-19 have expanded a bit. Fever, sore throat, cough, muscle pain, and shortness of breath are still the staplesContinue reading “COVID-19 Update”