It’s the little things

It’s been a long time since I posted and I don’t have a huge amount of time to write, but I wanted to share this little moment. When you’re working all the time, dealing with unpleasant patients, and “exhausted” becomes your default setting, it’s amazing how little things can make all the difference. For example, today I had to go down

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Healthy at every size?

I have been seeing a lot of fuss on the internet about fat acceptance, with the motto “healthy at every size.” The idea is that you can be skinny with high cholesterol and a cocaine habit, or overweight but eating healthy and exercising regularly. Which person is really healthier? But here is where this argument breaks down: There are aspects

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Perspective

During my internal medicine rotation, I took care of a gentleman with end-stage heart failure. He was young (early 50s) and personable, and I saw him every morning for a month. I followed him on a journey, we went through the ups and downs together, and I spent at least an hour in his room every day explaining his test results, answering his

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Saying goodbye

My patient was transferred to a rehab facility today, and I didn’t say goodbye. He was admitted over a week ago, 19 years old, sick, and terrified. I saw the fear in his eyes when the resident told him that we would need to perform a lumbar puncture, that we would need to place a large needle in his spinal canal

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