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Sand Dollars

My grandmother passed away a few years ago.  We were quite close.  She was the one person I would always call while I was traveling since she didn’t have email.  She always supported me, but she was a worrier. She…

Getting Myself to Exercise

My wedding is soon.  We bought our tickets for the trip and I realized we leave in what feels like tomorrow.  I have been working on getting in shape.  When stress happens, sleep happens less and exercise seems to happen…

Meeting a Lion

A family friend had to travel to South Africa for work.  He asked me to join him.  I was in my last and hardest quarter in my undergrad at the University of Washington; yet I couldn’t resist the chance to…

The Dreaded Abnormal Pap Smear

Many women dread their annual exam.  The paper gown, speculum and stirrups are no one’s favorite.   It does allow for screening for cervical cancer and abnormalities of the cervix, so it’s a good idea to take care of your lady…

What Food Additives Really Mean

Food Additive Regulation started in Congress in 1958.  Over 10,000 chemicals are now in use that prevent spoilage, enhance flavor and texture.  Safe additives where those that didn’t acutely make you sick, cause birth defects or cancer.  Yet safety and…

Selling a Diagnosis

  I don’t watch much TV but commercials these days frustrate me. They try to encourage people to walk into their doctor’s office saying they need a certain pill for something they are suffering from. Instead of letting a doctor decide, it…

Seeing Your Lady Parts

I have done a lot of pelvic exams in my career. Women tend to apologize for legs that aren’t shaved or apologizing to me for having to ‘go down there’. I’m not sure why women feel the need to apologize;…

Weight Loss Isn’t Always a Good Thing

In college, I had a classmate who had traveled to India for a month. She had come home with a parasite that had caused her to lose drastic amounts of weight. She started out a small woman and became emaciated….

A One Room Schoolhouse

When I was in first grade, we had to live part of the year in eastern Washington where my stepfather was working. I of course remember not wanting to go, as new seemed a little scary. So I went from…

Doctor as Teacher

This notion was engrained in us starting in our first year of medical school. I don’t know that we truly understood what that meant. That was true in general our first year of medical school. We learned a lot of…

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