Wednesday, July 15, 2020

New book!

I haven’t written in ages and I don’t know if anybody is still reading this, but I want to let you all know about my new book! It’s a little different from my usual, kind of a twist on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”  Please check it out!

A night spent sleeping on dirt and leaves is not how Claire Matchett expected to spend her vacation.

She thought this would be a break from the stresses of work and raising her young children. A chance to repair her damaged marriage. A week of hiking and hot tubs with two other couple friends. It sounded like heaven.

Then Claire’s minivan breaks down on a lonely dirt road. With no cell reception, the group has no choice but to hike the rest of the way to their hotel. But it turns out the woods aren’t as easy to navigate as they thought.

Hours later, they are lost. Hopelessly lost.

And as they navigate deeper into the woods, the members of their party are struck down mysteriously one by one. Has a wild animal been hunting them? Or is the hunter one of them?

But as more time passes, one thing becomes clear:

Only one of them will return home alive.

Get it on Amazon!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Taking a hiatus from blogging for now.  This coronavirus thing has been really hard, both as a parent, as a daughter, and as a physician.  It's hard watching patients get sick with this, and it's scary to know taking care of them means I could get it.  But I'm going to keep doing what I do, as long as I still can.

Stay healthy, everyone!

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


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."