Simon was a young man struggling to stay afloat in the present, anchored down by traumas of his past. He was raised in a neighborhood plagued by poverty and crime, and as a teenager was shot in his spine, a merciless act by a bully who thought it more humiliating to cripple than to kill. … More A Child’s Hurt, An Adult’s Healing
As I sat before my computer screen reviewing Ms. Washington’s sign-out note–the summary of a patient’s clinical course shared between two doctors when one begins caring for the other’s patients–I felt compelled, but overwhelmed. 68 year old female. Living with HIV. Survivor of non-Hodkgin’s lymphoma. Survivor of ovarian cancer, but radiation therapy left her with … More The Power of a Life Partner
I only heard about Sandra in whispers at the nurses station, before meeting her face to face. “Such a lovely woman,” they would say in hushed, sorrowful tones. “Such a tragic story.” Sandra was my patient during my night shift rotation, meaning she was one of nearly fifty souls for whom, between sunset and sunrise, … More A Buddhist and Her Cancer
What medications do you currently take? Do you have any allergies? What medical conditions did your parents live with, or die from? As physicians, we are conditioned to drill every patient with a standard list of questions whose answers could literally save a life. We investigate for drug toxicities, medication interactions, daily exposures, and family … More Is Loneliness Making you Sick?