Last week I was in clinic, running 30 minutes behind, with several patients waiting to be seen. I had just finished up with a new patient and was showing her where the lab waiting area was located, down the hall. Just then a very elderly woman came around […]
My name is Monique Tello, and I’m writing from Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. I’m a primary care physician and a mom, both jobs that demand great attention, and bring rich experiences. I also write regularly for the Mothers in Medicine group blog, and I have posted at Kevin, MD, the New England Journal of Medicine Knowledge+ blog, and the Harvard Health blog.
Last fall, my patient Kelly came to the office with shortness of breath. She’s an athletic black woman with a history of asthma; she’s also a nurse at our hospital. It was fall and her allergies had been acting up. She had already called asking for a refill […]
I was on call for 7 days starting last Friday. My mother watched Babyboy all day until I got home from work close to 7 pm. My husband was traveling. Mom and I had a bowl of soup together, and then she went home. I was thankful knowing […]
When Babyboy was around two months old, a well-meaning member of our church asked me, “Is he sleeping through the night?” I had to stammer out that, um, no, he is actually up about every 3 or 4 hours still. I shrugged it off. But that was only […]
Conversation piece I drove into work on a particularly chilly morning, as per usual, and parked in my assigned lot, which is no less than a mile from my building. I picked my way across the icy city streets and strategically landscaped walkways. Every morning and evening I […]
This is a great article that explains alot about healthcare. This is doctor/ writer Atul Gawande at his apolitical, just-the-facts-ma’am best. Here he highlights several practices and projects that have cut healthcare costs while IMPROVING care. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande I hope others are as excited about this article (and […]
*All names and potentially identifying information (including some physical descriptions and case details) have been altered to comply with HIPAA regulations, as well as to be nice and ethical. I’m a primary care doctor and a new mom. I was on call for Christmas week this year, meaning […]