Category Archives: hospitals

All the C’s in Medicine

Nobody likes to experience emotions that can be negative.  Anger, frustration, overwhelm.  I can’t think of anyone who feels those things while having a good time. But there is one emotion that I don’t like to experience more than any … Continue reading

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Just A Touch

I know the story only in the retelling. In the predawn hours of an early fall day, the chill in the air was both outside and inside the walls of that stark, barren hospital. The medical team had been assembled … Continue reading

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Let Us Give Thanks!

This was supposed to be a Thanksgiving post.  Sorry, I am a few weeks behind… In many ways, it seems like yesterday, but it was so long ago.  During the summer of 1986, I was in a stage of my … Continue reading

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“Caretaker” vs. “Caregiver”

A couple of days ago, I spent the evening in the emergency room.  Let me just say that when a stone takes up residence in my kidney, and then invites all his friends to the party, it just isn’t any … Continue reading

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