Tuesday, November 12, 2019

You're a doctor?

The other day I was with my daughter at a play date with one of her friends. I’ve known the parents of this friend for close to a year. I happened to mention I will be working the next day (it was Saturday).

Mother: “ I just realized I don’t know what you do.“

Me: “Well... I’m a doctor.“

Mother: “You are? Oh my God, I had no idea. Usually when people are doctors, I find out about five minutes after meeting them.”

I had a few other similar experiences recently, where it turned out somebody I knew for a long time didn’t realize I was a doctor. I guess this is information I don’t put out there too quickly. It seems odd though. It’s not like my career is a secret, but maybe I feel that people make assumptions of me once they know I’m a doctor.

Monday, October 28, 2019

The water bottle

OK, I need your advice.

I started bringing a water bottle to work, because I believe wholeheartedly in the amazing power of WATER.  So I like to drink a lot of it during the day.  I rinse it out every day and wash it with soap twice a week.

However, a week ago, while I was drinking from the water bottle when I noticed there was some black crud in the drinking straw.  This inspired me to grab some cotton-tipped applicators from the supply closet and clean out the straw.  The cotton came away BLACK.  I used six of them, then washed again with soap, and then christened the water bottle as clean.

But when recounting this story to a coworker, they said I should have thrown it out and bought a new one.  That no matter how much I cleaned, it was not clean.  But to be fair, this coworker spends about ten minutes wiping down her work station every morning. (I'm not saying she's wrong to do that, but that's a level of disinfection I don't embrace.)

What do you think?  Can I still use my water bottle?  Is there a way to prevent this from happening again besides the cotton tips?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Have you ever done this before

This amazing cartoon was drawn by my daughter, who is only TWELVE!  Clearly, she is way more talented than her mom.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Please help!

If you enjoyed reading my latest book, The Perfect Son, please consider leaving a positive review!

Review book here!

It would be much, much appreciated!

Also, on Monday, I am going to be posting a medical cartoon drawn by my very, very talented 12 year old DAUGHTER.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Perfect Son

It’s been ages since I posted anything here. It was one of those vicious cycles, where I would feel like nobody was reading, so I would be reluctant to post, and that would make people stop reading since nothing was posted here.  I’ve also been focusing a lot more on my fiction writing career, which is the reason for this post.

Yesterday, I released another book, titled The Perfect Son.



"Mrs. Cass, we were hoping your son could answer a few questions about the girl who disappeared last night..."

Erika Cass has a perfect family and a perfect life. Until the evening when two detectives show up at her front door.

A high school girl has vanished from Erika's quiet suburban neighborhood. The police suspect the worst--murder. And Erika's teenage son, Liam, was the last person to see the girl alive.

Erika has always sensed something dark and disturbed in her seemingly perfect older child. She wants to believe he's innocent, but as the evidence mounts, she can't deny the truth--Liam may have done the unthinkable.

Now she must ask herself:

How far will she go to protect her son?             

It’s on Amazon if you want to check it out. If you have Kindle unlimited or prime, it’s free! 

And I would love people to say hello if they’re still reading, so I would know if it’s worth continuing to write things here…

Monday, March 25, 2019

Little girl

Yesterday I was at a drug store and while i was shopping, a preteen girl approached me. 

"Excuse me," she said.  "I'm collecting money for my soccer team.  Are you able to make a donation?"

I was really surprised.  I've never been asked for money randomly while shopping at a store.  I told her no, mostly because I was upset she interrupted me (I had my headphones in and I had to remove them to hear her).  But part of me was tempted to either tell her what she was doing would get her kicked out of the store, or else let the management know.

Then I thought I'd seem like a horrible person if I did that.  So I didn't.

What would you have done in that situation?

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cabbage

I was dictating an H&P about a patient who had a CABG, and I was amazed at how Dragon translated me saying "cabbage" into "CABG."

Me: "But what if I want to say 'cabbage'?"

My colleague: "Maybe if the context is right, it will use cabbage."

Me: [dictating] "'Patient has an allergy to cabbage.  Patient likes to eat cabbage.'  Nope, still CABG."

My colleague: "But to be fair, how often do you want to dictate cabbage?"

Me: "Watch. My next patient will have choked on a cabbage."


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Slamming the door

Recently, I was getting up to get ready to take my daughter to an event when my doorbell rang.  I got up and answered the door.  A woman was standing there with a clipboard.

Woman: "Hi!  My name is Christina!"

Me: "Um, hi?"

Woman: "What's your name?"

Me: "Who are you?"

Woman: "Oh!  I'm with Amnesty International and I--"

Me: "Look, I'm sorry, but I'm in a rush to take my daughter somewhere and I don't have time."

Woman: "Well, let me just tell you for thirty seconds about Amnesty International..." [goes on for about ten seconds while I'm standing there, trying not to be outright rude and also cold because she's letting all the cold air into the house and I'm in a short-sleeved shirt]

Me: "Look, I don't want to slam the door in your face, but I told you I'm in a rush to get somewhere, so I'm going to close the door."

The whole interaction really pissed me off because I've heard Amnesty International isn't a bad organization, but she got me so angry in that minute of interaction that I would never consider giving them money ever.  I assume this pushy approach must work on some people, but seriously, at the point that I said I needed to go, did she really think I was listening or going to hand her money?  

I give a lot of money to charity, but I would NEVER give money to a solicitor who showed up at my front door.  

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lovenox

Me: "Hi, this is Dr. McFizz calling from My Hospital about a mutual patient RareFirstName RareLastName.  I have a question about the patient."

Receptionist: "Okay, can you spell his name?"

Me: [spells name and gives date of birth]

Receptionist: "And can you give me his home address?"

Me: "No, I don't have that."

Receptionist: "Well, we need it to make sure we have the right patient."

Me: "You mean there's another 81-year-old man in your system named RareFirstName RareLastName?"

Receptionist: "We need it for security."

Me: "Fine." [I find a computer, log in, get the address, and read it to her.]

Receptionist: "And can you verify his phone number?"

Me: [reads off phone number]

Receptionist: "And can you verify his insurance?"

Me: "No. I will not. This is ridiculous.  I have never once had to give this information to speak with a doctor's office to get medical information.  I just need to know how long your office would like him be on Lovenox for."

Receptionist: "Well, that's a pill, right?  I don't see anything about it here, so he should continue it till his appointment."

Me: "Lovenox is an injection."

Receptionist: "Well, it doesn't mention anything about it here.  So I'd say continue it until his appointment next month."

Me: "So you're saying he needs to inject himself with a blood thinner every day for the next month because you can't be bothered to ask anyone about it."

Receptionist: "Ummm.... let me get you his nurse."

OMG, I try not to yell at people on the phone, but seriously, if you don't know the answer to a medical question, don't just make something up! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Help!

Please help me!

If you read and enjoyed my new book, The Ex, would you consider leaving a review?? I have had multiple people tell me they left reviews but not even one of them has shown up yet in Amazon.  I think my book may be broken or god knows what.  So if you are at all inclined to help me, please do this and let me know if it posts!  I’d be eternally grateful!

Here's a helpful link.