I know…it has been a long time.

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Believe me, I have missed you all too. I have missed the cathartic, cleansed feeling I get just after I hit "publish." I have missed sharing the laughs and tears and virtual "Yeah, Girl! You GO!!'s" from you. I have even missed the hard, honest, sometimes mean-spirited, irreverent comments. So, where have I been these last 18 months? Physically, in the exact same spaces as ever: my home in Chester County, PA, more often my office down the road, and probably MOST often, wandering the aisles of Bed, Bath and Beyond marveling at ALL of the home goods and gadgets that I KNOW will make … [Read more...]

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, you … [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...]