10 Tips To Help You Find The Right Doctor

If you weren't getting what you needed from your massage therapist, hairdresser, or yoga instructor, you would find someone else, right? Why should your doctor be any different? And yet, your doctor is even more important. This is serious stuff we're talking about here. ...more
It is sooo important that the entire staff is in 'sync'. I love my doc, but sometimes the staff ...more

NaBloPoMo 13

I often wonder what makes a person come into the emergency department with a non-emergency.  Especially when they have a problem that's been going on for more than, oh, 6 months... a year......more

I'm Sorry, Wounded Healers

In this post, I offered up a global apology on behalf of doctors everywhere to those who they may have hurt. But if you’re a doctor, I can guarantee that you also deserve an apology.  I’m certain that you - like me - have suffered at the hands of other doctors, so on behalf of those doctors who have hurt you, I’m so sorry, my love....more

Pouring rain, a pink camo bandaid, and the king of distractions...

Today was baby girl's one month check up at the pediatrician.  Simple enough.  Right?  Wrong.  Add in the biggest rainstorm of the summer and her first shot at the doctor's office (that somehow I either didn't know about or forgot about) and you have a very upsetting visit.  For everyone.  ...more

My Ovaries Hate Me

I hope I'm not the only woman who has ever said that my gynecologist cracks me up.I had a partial hysterectomy last December, and everything was fun and games for a few months, until about six weeks ago when I started having abdominal pain.  This type of pain is hard to diagnose, so I didn't bother with it for a while, until it was Time To Deal With It.  There was no ignoring the hunched-over, sweaty, nauseated, moaning, pathetic pain heap that I had become in the middle of one recent night....more

Ring Around the Insurance/Doctor Hell

Last week Daddy called me a little after I had left from one of my usual visits.  He was very upset because he had received a phone call from a collection agency.  WHAT!!!!!  That was not good.  Daddy pays his bills the minute they hit his doorway and I do too, and since I am in charge of his finances right now we both were very confused.  It was a medical claim.  First of all we are confused because Daddy has good regular insurance and Medicare which most generally covers everything except for an occasional deductible.  We also have had his mail forw...more

How To Be A Great Patient: A Doctor’s Wish List

Given the state of our broken health care system, I feel like we doctors don’t have much right to ask our patients how to behave, since most of us are falling far short of how our patients would prefer we behaved. As a patient, you may feel rushed, unheard, and condescended upon. You may feel that your intuition is neglected and your questions aren’t answered. If you feel this way, let me apologize on behalf of my profession. SORRY!...more

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Link between anesthesia and ADHD (and other learning disabilities) in young kids

There's some unsettling new data about a likely link between infants and toddlers being exposed to anesthesia and having cognitive struggles and/or learning disabilities. The theory is that general anesthesia can cause these deficits during "critical periods" of brain development....more