This is something I wrote about a year ago, trying to process a busy weekend call. It gives you another slice of my life. An on-call weekend… 48 hours of being at any moment “on,” of being edgy, of being exhausted. This weekend included a full house of patients to see in the hospital,… Continue reading A Weekend On Call
This piece was one of my first from years ago. I have revised it several times, but each time I read it, I still get a chill. I chose the field of OB/GYN because I enjoy helping women through many life changes and, in the process, developing long-term relationships. My field can be fraught… Continue reading A Life Saved
Some days, it is about crossing paths with others that bring a smile to your face. Here is one such individual. Sitting in my office was my new patient and her husband. She was a just-pregnant Brazilian woman wearing a warm smile; he was an older, overweight, unkempt American who sat uncomfortably in the chair.… Continue reading Mail Order Bride
In honor of PRIDE month and in support of those finding their way in the LGBTQ community. Entering the dimly light room, I could hear soft music playing in the background. The laboring room was so peaceful, it was hard to believe the patient in the bed was in active labor. But once up close,… Continue reading The Journey to Gender
On a recent vacation in St. Lucia, I came across this mama nursing her babies. “Public breastfeeding. How great!” I thought. But, after posting this picture on Facebook, these were some of the responses: “Yikes! They need to be weaned!” and “they are pretty big to be still nursing.” This, of course, got… Continue reading Public Breastfeeding – How Great!
Some days, I get so frustrated at work. Yes, we all have our frustrations. Maybe traffic is slow and you get to work late. Maybe you spill your coffee on your work clothes as you walk into your office. Maybe someone calls in sick and you are short help at work. But this is BIG!… Continue reading It’s not just about the PAP smear!
Before posting my latest blog, I had a couple announcements. First, I am proud to say I am a contributor in the latest edition of Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine in the Field Notes section (www.theintima.org). Secondly, I want to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day. Whether you are a mother, wish to… Continue reading Two Mothers