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Fun With Fluorescein

Well, there’s good news and bad.  The good news is despite an unfortunate meeting of Ace’s billcap and my eyeball, I do not have a corneal abrasion.             The bad news is that the aim … Continue reading

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Whack-a-Mole

Springtime in Minnesota.  Once the temperature hits fifty degrees, hardy Minnesotans figure it’s time to drag out the tank tops and shorts.  My Mole Radar (Madar) awakens from its wintry slumber, rubs its eyes, and says “!@#$%^  Here we go … Continue reading

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AWP 2015 Recap – Association of Writers/Writing Programs

I just spent three days in the good company of 11,999 other writerly people at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.  Our fair Twin Cities kindly provided rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine over the course of the convention.  At least Minnesota … Continue reading

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Remedial Anatomy Part II: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Explains Female Reproductive Anatomy

Last week we discussed how it is physically impossible for a woman to swallow a camera in order to undergo a gynecologic exam.  I promised to cover human female reproductive anatomy with a little help from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. … Continue reading

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Remedial Anatomy Part 1: The Alimentary Canal

Idaho state representative Vito Barbieri made social media waves last week by asking if a woman could swallow a camera in order for a physician to perform a remote gyn exam.  The details are slightly murky and I confess I … Continue reading

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Trampled By Zebras

My back “went out” on Saturday.  For the three days prior, I had hints of my upcoming misfortune, a twinge over my hip, some vague throbbing around the knee.  By Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t take off my socks, touch my … Continue reading

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One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Disclaimer: I am not your doctor.  I am not trying to give you medical advice.  If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 now.  Now!  Thank you. ———————— Tis the season.  Everyone has “The Flu.”  Unfortunately for health care … Continue reading

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‘Round Midnight

I feel the precipitous drop in my energy.  My scrubs are scratchier, scalp too tight.  Alone in the call room, I let down my hair, slip off my shoes.  The fitted sheet slides over the plastic mattress.  Petroleum byproducts assault … Continue reading

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Touch

My clearest memories of medical school and residency are the concrete chunks of time devoted to learning the physical exam.  Dr. Margit Bretzke teaching me her thorough approach to the breast exam.  Practicing till I could perform Dr. Mitch Einzig’s … Continue reading

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Fein and Dandy

Some time after the birth of my son, I found the first one.  Coarse, errant, longer than the other eyebrow hairs.  I freaked out.  Well, that’s it then – it’s all downhill from here on out.  Ace claims that everything … Continue reading

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