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On food cravings and prohibitions in pregnancy: I’ll take my steak rare, please

It is widely published and accepted that certain foods and substances are a total “no-no” for pregnant women. There are a gazillion websites that will happily list the things you can’t have if you’re pregnant: raw and undercooked meats (so, no sushi, and no rare steak); deli meats and hot dogs, (unless you heat them… Continue reading On food cravings and prohibitions in pregnancy: I’ll take my steak rare, please

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On Progesterone and Poopie: Rolling With It

It appears that my posts are getting farther between… Yes, I am dragging, but I’m hoping it’s temporary. There is a good reason for my less-than-spectacular energy level right now, and it’s not only because it took me four days to recover from a 24-hour stomach flu. We are officially pregnant, and at 8 weeks,… Continue reading On Progesterone and Poopie: Rolling With It

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When Writing Is Inspired By Work: Different For Doctors?

A concerned friend sent me a link to a story about a doctor who had posted details of a trauma case on Facebook. Apparently the details were very specific, and a non-doctor Facebook friend was able to easily identify the patient. The doctor was fired from her job, disciplined and fined by the State Medical… Continue reading When Writing Is Inspired By Work: Different For Doctors?

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Sketches from a Rainy Clinic Morning

Just a little more sleep It was still very dark out when Babyboy woke up this morning. He usually sleeps like a champ, so it was odd that he cried out just before dawn. I lay in bed and listened to him whimper and rustle and kick for a few minutes. I knew it was… Continue reading Sketches from a Rainy Clinic Morning

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The Reality and the Toilet Seat

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 the bend with a walker. She was… Continue reading The Reality and the Toilet Seat

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Learning Our Lessons, Chapter 1: Listen To Your Gut

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 of her Flonase and her Albuterol inhaler.… Continue reading Learning Our Lessons, Chapter 1: Listen To Your Gut