The Sad Man

“Sir, do you mind if I mention something that I’ve noticed about you?” He simply nodded. “You don’t say much when you come in. Your diabetes is uncontrolled. Your blood pressure is always elevated. You don’t take your medicines. You only nod whenever I make suggestions. You’re very quiet and you don’t seem interested inContinue reading “The Sad Man”

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, Part 2

The taste of liquid metal. Such an odd taste. Distinct. Strong. Almost tangy. A fizzle in her nose. A small gush of water escaped her right nostril. Then came the tangy metallic taste in her mouth. She hunched forward and cusped her hands below her nose to catch the waterfall of blood. “No, it can’tContinue reading “Prayer Works, Part 2”

A COVID-19 Prayer

I awoke today without rest. My thoughts sprinted back to work. Did we disinfect properly? How many masks, gloves, wipes, and face shields do we have left? Are we safe working outside and seeing patients in their cars? Did I spray enough Lysol all over my jacket when the patient coughed on me? The COVID19Continue reading “A COVID-19 Prayer”

COVID-19 Tips

In general: Wash your hands, arms, and face often. Remain quarantined, unless you are headed to your medical appointments or the grocery store. Keep hydrated and don’t forget to eat your vegetables. If you were to become infected, having a healthy baseline immune system will get you far. Continue all prescription medications. Now is notContinue reading “COVID-19 Tips”