Open Letter To a Two-Bit Criminal

Dear Random Perpetrator/ Premeditating Ahole. First, let me say thanks. If it wasn't for your stunt last night, I would not have the joy of experiencing this piercing headache and brain fog that results from being up all night. Every now and again, a girl needs to appreciate the good sleep she normally gets. Next, let me ask you a few questions. 1. Were you just driving around a medical condo complex at 1 am and decide to randomly and forcibly break a window--a double paned window? If so, you really need a life…or a sleep aid. Either way, I can help. 2. If, as some suggest, … [Read more...]

6 Annoying Things Doctors Do (and Why We Do Them)

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I think I annoyed a patient today doing one of the 6 things I am about to list. I am not secure enough to tell you which one (yet.) But it got me thinking. We doctors are guilty of commiserating about annoying patient habits. So, I decided to put together a list of what I think my patients think are the most annoying thing doctors do from the perspective of a doctor who annoys patients that sometimes also annoy her. Got all that? Here goes and these are not in any particular order. 1. Ask patients to fill out twenty pages of paper then never even look at them. This is awkward really. … [Read more...]

Krokodil: The Zombie Acopalypse Drug IS Our Probem Now

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Warning: This post is not funny, is not appropriate for kids, and contains gruesome images. Until this week, Krokodil (Russian for Crocodile) was "their" problem. "Them" were poor Russian youth creating, using, and nearly dying from the newest designer drug: technically known as desomorphine. In 2011, the Russian Federal Drug Control Agency confiscated 65 million doses of this lethal drug. Estimates are that 5% of all Russian drug users (100,000 people) have used Krokodil. Krokodil is a highly addictive drug similar in effects to heroin. However it differs in two terrifying … [Read more...]

Kombucha: WTF?

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Stop it. I am a professional. What I meant was: What's The Fuss? This last work week was all about kombucha. Everyone from newly diagnosed diabetics, to folks struggling to lose weight, to headache sufferers wanted to hear my two cents. Since I really try not to spout opinions on topics I know nothing about, I decided to read up on kombucha and it's supposed health benefits. After several hours of scouring medical and non-medical sites I am ready to share what I know. Hope you are sitting. What I Know About Kombucha: Nothing. That's right, I still basically, know … [Read more...]

5 Flu Vaccine Myths Debunked

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Every August I go through a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I am sad to see summer ending, elated to have un-bored kids again, and anxious. It is time to center myself, consider yoga, or become a Buddhist. It is time for.....the flu vaccine. For about the next six months, my job will take on an added layer of stress. I will spend hours upon hours educating, explaining, answering, and sometimes down right pleading with patients to get their flu vaccine. Over the coming months, countless patients will listen to my earnest plea and say a polite "No, thank you." So, this year, instead … [Read more...]