Monthly Archives: April 2019

Be mindful of the language we use in medicine

66 Shares Share Tweet Share At LGBTQ health conferences, I am always impressed by how much care and consideration is given to providing a safer space for all who are present. For example, the check-in process typically involves a volunteer asking the attendee whether or not they are OK with having their photo taken. Furthermore, … Continue reading

The problem with these specific words in health care

17 Shares Share Tweet Share Words are powerful. So few symbols can evoke such deep feelings and rouse incredible emotion: “I have a dream.” Language is the achievement that makes us who we are. But while you, I and everyone else employ the same words to communicate shared ideas, what those words mean precisely to … Continue reading

A nurse willing to forgive others. And to forgive herself.

63 Shares Share Tweet Share I was 5 years old on a busy New York City street with my mom, dad, and two sisters. A large man in shabby clothes holding a garbage bag in his hand stood on the corner waiting for the light to change. My dad reached into his wallet and handed … Continue reading

Move quickly because Parkinson’s builds slowly

7 Shares Share Tweet Share When a patient comes to me long after he or she suspects that something is amiss, I tell them, “I understand.” I know why they had ignored their tremors for too long. I understand why they had dismissed their balance issues as insignificant. Depictions of Parkinson’s disease in popular culture … Continue reading

Telehealth education: What do we actually need for our clinical practice?

37 Shares Share Tweet Share As we go through our careers, we are given the responsibility of educating the next generation of students and residents to become proficient and competent in medicine. In telehealth, which also requires training my colleagues, is it necessary? If so, what should be part of it? Part of the equivocation … Continue reading

Teenage suicide: trouble in a virtual paradise

37 Shares Share Tweet Share It’s not just someone obsessed by Columbine.  Last year, a seemingly normal teen was found dead from suicide in a Corona del Mar park. Just a few weeks ago, a young man walked into a local South County fast food joint, then into the restroom, where he was found hung. … Continue reading

Seeing the effects of the opioid crisis play out live

49 Shares Share Tweet Share Recently, I was at a health care facility in a semi-urban region, less than 100 miles from a major metro. It had a whiff of industry from good times that have long drifted by. I tried to locate a Starbucks. Google Maps spotted one and took me towards the local … Continue reading

How often did doctors treat you with courtesy and respect? 

121 Shares Share Tweet Share During this hospital stay, how often did doctors treat you with courtesy and respect?   Seriously?  Why is this question even necessary?  Obviously, because it doesn’t always happen.  Well, that’s interesting.  Maybe interesting isn’t the word.  Maybe the word is, “shocking.”  I can’t fathom treating any patient with anything less than … Continue reading

Our work goes beyond the hospital

32 Shares Share Tweet Share There is a species of jellyfish that exists only in one lake on this entire planet.  Every morning, before the sun rises, these jellyfish travel to the surface of the lake so that algae that live within them can photosynthesize and produce glucose for the jellyfish to survive.  Every day, … Continue reading

Senator Walsh: Thank you for uniting us

597 Shares Share Tweet Share Senator Walsh … thank you. Because of your flagrant words against some of the hardest-working members of our medical community, we have united to stand against you and rally for our “card-playing” nurses. Like most of my medical family, I was astounded and frustrated at the belittling ignorance of Senator … Continue reading