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 Callous Workplace

“I’m suprised at how much you don’t know.” “Clearly, you don’t know what you’re doing.” “How old are you anyway? Like 19?” “Well, I read an article about it and you’re wrong.” “There is a culture here and you need to get with the program and understand that.” “Perspective is reality. Accept it.” “You’re notContinue reading “The Callous Workplace”

COVID Vaccine Part 2

I’ve been asked a few times why I’ve gotten the COVID vaccine. I can give you the proper answers about efficacy and how we’re in a pandemic and we’re all trying to survive. But…those aren’t my real answers. Those are just my professional answers. First and foremost, I decided to get vaccinated because I’m exposedContinue reading “COVID Vaccine Part 2”

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”

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”

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”