The Clueless Caregiver

You know the age-old wedding vow, “In sickness and in health”? Well, when I stood under the chuppah and got married three short years ago, I never really gave much thought to that vow. Unfortunately for my husband’s sake, I really should have....more

We too dated a long time before marrying, in fact we lived in two different states flying to see ...more

Hello, my name is reality (Part III)

Parts I and II are here. ************************** My daily stops became part of our routine. I could tell she was having a hard time adapting to the reality of her new circumstances, though. Her family visited regularly and she put on an optimistic face, but the permanence of "I may never walk again" is a hard pill to swallow for anyone. ...more

Hello, my name is reality (part II)

If you missed part I, click here. Progress is gauged by the level of music in the OR.  Routine procedure?  ipod blaring.  Tough cases have a soundtrack consisting of crisp orders and little else....more

Hello, my name is reality (part I)

I've been blogging for a while but only alluded to some of my past.  This material is heavier stuff than I normally post but I felt like I couldn't discuss my future without the relevant context.  So, my blog will be taking a slightly different turn for the moment.  Welcome inside my head. **Certain elements of this story have been changed to protect patient privacy.** I was 17 when I met them....more

A Rheumatologist Who Took Off My Shoes

I just moved from FL to WA to find better health care.  Since I suffer from multiple, odd, auto-immune diseases as a result of my Mother taking DES during her pregnancy with me, I am a "complicated" patient.  (If you don't know about DES, you should, visit www.cdc.com/des.  I might hold a record for blowing through moronic medical doctors due to the stupidity I have encountered, to wit: # of FL Rheumatologists who performed foot exams with shoes and socks on: FOUR My brand new WA rheumatologist performed his initial examina...more

The Mother of All Taboos

In case you have not heard, there is a vaccine war raging in America between pharmaceutical companies and Moms. The battle lines are publically drawn this way: One side says evil pharma is poisoning kids for a bigger buck....more

Getting Kids Addicted to Giving

Drives me bonkers when people talk talk talk about giving but don't actually get their tuchus in motion - financially, physically, and specifically with their kids. Our children are not going to gain appreciation for those less fortunate or the extreme needs that exist in our world unless they are engaged in a very active way. Watching parents write a check is not going to do it. They'll roll their eyes. After spending far too much money on groceries that were pushed around the plates on Thanksgiving, I was anxious to find a way to get my children actively involved....more

Decoding Stem Cell Treatments

Could cancer be man-made?

A friend recently linked to an article on a recent study that suggests that cancer may be man-made. Now the study is far from conclusive, but it is the first histological look at cancer rates. The scientists in question based their work on an examination of literature and remains (including mummies) and found that cancer was extremely rare in antiquity....more