Dear Kids, Sorry About this Morning

Honest to God

You both just busted your way out of the house about ten minutes earlier than you had to and I am in my "quiet time"--you know--the 35 minutes between when you leave and when Haddie gets up. I finally washed my face off, blew my nose, and took a deep breath. I want to explain my little outburst this morning. Here's what went on in my mind before your alarm clocks ever went off this morning: "Today is Tuesday--my day to pack lunches and make breakfast and make sure everyone is out fed, healthy, happy and on time--armed with a smile, a hug and all the moral support they will need to have a … [Read more...]

Living With a 13 Year-Old Daughter


To put it mildly, living with a 13 year-old girl is difficult. Some days I contemplate boarding schools. To put it honestly, some days leave me wondering if I am living within a repeated psychotic break. One of the hardest things about Maisy (oh, feel free to insert your own teen daughter's name will work) is the unpredictability of her mood. On our end, mornings are very much the same: I wake up feeling like I got hit by a train and cannot even fathom speaking until I have had one cup of coffee. Chris is the opposite; jabbering from the minute he is upright till the minute the … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?

Intimately Connected

What you call it implies what you think of it. Regardless, I do not think it is the ACA-polypse some doctors are making it out to be. Those that call it Obamacare worry about cost and overflow and government intervention. They say things like "If I wanted socialized medicine, I would live in Canada!" The ones that call it the ACA, are thankful that finally "EVERYONE will have health insurance!" Or, "Finally, doctors will be paid on their quality of the quantity of patients they see." My opinion in 10 statements: 1. Our health care system is a mess. 2. I love what I do. I … [Read more...]