Only Human

My day started unexpectedly with an emotional bomb. My first patient visit was to be a quick new patient physical. Based in outward appearances, she was a healthy, 40-something-year-old Caucasian woman. I ticked through her notes and vital signs: weight, perfect; blood pressure, to goal; labs, normal. I would be in and out—minimal needs and…

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Risking Play

The perks of getting married later in life are that you get to watch your friends do it first.  I watched my friends one-by-one, get married and start families.  They have kindly invited me into their homes and into the lives of their precious little people.  This honor holds a deep, aching place in my…

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My Life on Paper

Curriculum Vitae, or CV, loosely translates into “the course of my life.”  It serves as the equivalent of a resume in the medicine world. It feels like an answer to the question, “Who are you, and why should we hire you?” In this season of change, I am provoked to consider the story of my…

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