I frequently listen to the Ted Radio Hour podcast. I love the 52-ish minute podcasts hosted by Guy Raz. The format of each episode is similar: five to six experts are interviewed on a common topic. The topics range from psychology to space to art to climate change. I enjoy listening to these because it…

The science behind food allergies is quite possibly the most fascinating part of my job. It’s also the topic that most patients understand the least. A lot of mystery, misconceptions, and fear swirl around food allergies. Imagine you are a parent of a small boy, and you are beginning to introduce solid foods into his…

“After nursing school, are you going to become a doctor?” The first time I was asked this, I gave the inquirer a strange look and replied with a sassy, “No…I’m going to be a nurse.” It wasn’t until the third time I was asked the same question I realized that people genuinely didn’t understand the…

I was a Sponge. I am a solid six months into my permanent placement in Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology. For the first month, the pace of the office was slow as we began to build our patient base. Each new patient visit was an hour-long, and we saw six new patients a day. The light…

Happy Holidays to everyone! I spent a lot of time with family, relaxing in pajamas, and eating a lot of delicious food – probably not the best for my body but so good for my soul. My family doesn’t buy a lot of presents for each other, which makes Christmas a welcome chance to unwind…

It’s definitely the holiday season at work: the Christmas trees are up, tinsel hangs along the hallways, and there’s even a really ugly, miniature Santa standing on our front office desk to welcome patients. We had our work Christmas party last night, and I was struck by just how many people come on a daily…

The office I work in is small: there’s a receptionist, two nurses, and a doctor. That’s it! It’s the four of us who keep the clinic going on a daily basis. We each embody different jobs so that everything runs smoothly. Our receptionist does a multitude of tasks that include answering phone calls, scheduling appointments,…

The upcoming holiday season has everyone at my work in a good mood. Working in outpatient medicine, the office is closed on major holidays. Employees get some extra time for celebrating and relaxing with family. Who doesn’t get excited about that? I’m definitely looking forward to having time off, but I’m a little sad about…

I’d like to share a quote I came across the other day and I wish I would have seen this when I was writing one of my first blogs.  The one that discussed how death is inevitable and bodily deterioration is certain. It’s always good to come back and be reminded of a topic, though,…

Way back in the archives of my blog files, I talked about the “core virtues” that guided my studies in nursing school: a list of attributes that were deemed necessary for a nurse to exemplify. I mentioned three (humility, intellectual honesty, and compassion) that seemed particularly important in my nursing career at that point. Recent…

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