Monthly Archives: March 2014

I Need My Own Theme Music

I often have students of varying levels of training shadow me.  Sometimes I have a slow shift where I can sit for a while and talk and discuss medicine with them.  I’m sure that has happened sometime in the past.  I mean, just because I can’t remember a slow shift […]

The curative power of BEES?

I took care of a patient with multiple sclerosis not too long ago.  As I reviewed her medications she currently took, I was surprised by one, bees. Ever been stung by a bee? What I did NOT think afterward was: “Boy, that probably has significant anti-inflammatory properties, I should harness that […]


Chief complaints from patients would be so interesting if we changed the  wording. Follow my logic here.   For instance, if someone comes in completely slobberingly drunk, the chief complaint should not be “drunk,” instead it should be: “He used to be thirsty.”  See he solved a problem!   A […]


Trust Your Gut

She came into the ER with a chief complaint of abdominal pain.  It had been going on for a few months with little improvement.  She had seen her doctor a few times for it, but the results remained inconclusive.  She had been losing weight, unable to eat more than a […]