Category Archives: stories

oh, are you?

This week, I assisted with a major surgery I hung out in the OR. Before I begin, let’s just get this out of the way, shall we? From Rushmore:

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spring break

Within the next few days, I will post about Week 2 Clinicals, Medic Training and Dr. David Ansell’s inspiring talk that he gave to the nursing students (imagined title of talk in my head: Fighting The Man—because it sounds like … Continue reading

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yo hablo español, sort of: week one clinical observations

Observation #1: The El is different in the early morning. Sleepy. The brown line train has only four cars instead of the usual rush-hour eight car caterpillars. The train rocks a bit more violently when it is empty. I am … Continue reading

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high school nicknames

In high school, a few of us kids who were interested in medicine had the opportunity to shadow a physician. In my junior year in high school, the closest I got to medicine was when Dr. Mance, my pediatrician, allowed … Continue reading

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adventures in the emergency room

I’ve been to the ER quite a few times in my life. Often, as an infant for renal issues. A few times, as a child for clumsiness. Infrequently, as an adult for out-of-control migraines that left me curled up in the … Continue reading

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