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The Importance of Play: A reminder from my kids

The other day, my kids were playing with a big cardboard box.  Within the span of 45 minutes, it had transformed into a car, a submarine, a cave, an airplane, a mountain, then back to a car. I am enthralled by the simple act of play.  In a society that is increasingly dependent on television, computer, smartphone, video games, … Continue reading

The Elusive Search for the Right Balance

The Elusive Search for the Right Balance

To this day, I struggle a lot with my decision to work part-time.  It seems like a no-brainer to many.  On paper, it also seems like a no-brainer to me.  It’s the perfect balance.  Work some days.  Stay at home some days.  Best of both worlds.  Ofcourse. But the heart is tricky.  It’s not so … Continue reading

Cursing Toddlers

Cursing Toddlers

I wrote the following post a while ago.  Today it’s posted at kevinmd, so I thought I’d share it here as well.  Check out kevinmd for a wide assortment of thoughts on health and healthcare.   ______   Today was a rough day at work.  My schedule of 10 patients for the afternoon rapidly ballooned … Continue reading

9/11: Reflections on Loss

9/11: Reflections on Loss

It has been a sad week. There’s a family I’ve been seeing with some regularity in clinic over the past several months.  At their most recent visit, I finished up with the kids and was about to leave the room when I remembered to ask how their mom was doing.   They had told me … Continue reading

The Beauty of a Girl

I asked her why she wasn’t using any birth control. “Well, I don’t think I can get pregnant.” I asked her why she thought she was infertile, at the ripe young age of 16. “Cuz I’ve had sex and been trying to get pregnant for 6 months now and nothing’s happened.” I look up in … Continue reading

A Simple Song of Love

Not too long ago, I had a lengthy discussion with a teenage girl and her father about healthy eating and making exercise a priority.  They were silent for a moment after I pointed out her weight and BMI on the growth curve.  She wasn’t even on the curve anymore. As I watched them, I felt a disconnect.  … Continue reading

Lessons from a Toddler on Being Doctor

Lessons from a Toddler on Being Doctor

My son has a toy stethoscope.  I’ve been showing him how I use mine.  He now loves being my doctor and I don’t mind being his patient.  However, I should probably also teach him that he can’t go around lifting up my shirt, or anyone else’s for that matter, on a whim just because he … Continue reading

Vaccines: It’s a Small World After All

The World Health Organization reported in a press release today some striking numbers. Approximately 6500 cases of measles among 30 countries in Europe.  From just the start of this year.  That’s less than 4 months. Take those 6500 cases and imagine the number of contacts each individual has and the possibility of spread.  This is … Continue reading