Two Lacerations for the Price of One

The weirdest thing happened this morning. Being a Saturday morning, we schedule some routine checks and leave time for the acute visits and “call-ins”. Fortunately then, we had plenty of time to take care of what happened to one of my patient families. Mrs. Miller cut her finger with a kitchen knife while preparing a…

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Poems of a Patient

When you’ve taken care of people long enough to develop a bond, they share things with you. With permission, I am sharing two poems by Lisa Buckmaster (her real name). Who are you?Do you hurt and knock people down to fulfill your needsDo you use people to do your dirty deedsAre you the only one…

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HEPATITIS C

Mr. and Mrs. Bocc were in the room for a follow-up consultation; on Mr. Bocc’s lab tests, which had shown elevated liver enzymes and a positive Hepatitis C antibody. Both were nervous. Except for being a heavy beer drinker, Mr. Bocc thought he was a fairly healthy 41-year-old when he came in for a routine…

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Reese’s Pieces and Sammy Sosa

When I entered the exam room, Diane* was so excited. “I saw it!” she exclaimed. “Saw what?” I answered in puzzlement. “I saw Sammy hit number 62,” she said, still excited. Diane and her family were lucky enough to have purchased Cubs tickets before the season started for yesterday’s game when Sammy Sosa hit his…

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Heart Murmur

Mervin* is now 8 months old, but 2 months ago I didn’t know if he would live this long. Thanks to modern medicine and the pediatric cardiologist, Mervin looks pretty good at his well-baby check-up today. You see he has the same diagnosis as his brother who died before him – Cardiomyopathy. After I delivered…

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Cute little baby

I’ve never had a baby who would smile and smile through all the adversity of visiting a doctor’s office. Little Monica*, who is by now l0 months old, just makes my day when she comes in. No matter if she has an ear infection, bronchitis, or is in for a well-baby check and shots, Monica…

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Sleep Apnea

John Maple* is one of my successfully treated sleep apnea patients. He now wears the pressurized mask system to sleep at night and he is amazed at how good he feels. He is no longer fatigued all the time. I’m certainly glad he is better because he is a long-haul truck driver. Today after he…

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Bug spray inhalation

Yes, what they say on the labels of the insect sprays is true. “Don’t use in closed space” or “May be hazardous if inhaled.” I saw Eleanor*, a 50-year-old otherwise intelligent lady, who was brought in by her husband today because he found her passed out. She was awake and walking okay but she kept…

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Plugged nose

David* has the worst continually plugged nose in my practice. Now that is quite a distinction. While I am totally frustrated at improving my treatment of his condition, he also has got me laughing with his good-natured humor.  Today he is wearing a Superman t-shirt. So, here is this scrawny 17-year-old boy with his Superman…

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Whiplash

I think one of the more frustrating problems to deal with, both for me and the patient, is a whiplash injury resulting from an auto accident. Usually, the auto accident is not serious, fortunately, nor are the injuries usually serious, but the pain and suffering can persist for quite some time.  Witness Beth Heston* whom…

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