Once I had a 90 year old woman ask me to take a look at a growth on her neck and I said, "That looks like a skin tag. Did you ask your family physician about it?" She scoffed, “Yeah and he said it was a beauty mark." She is a zesty one, so I asked her what [...]
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I had a patient come in with some health news that was pretty negative. He was a long standing patient that has always wanted to avoid bad health issues so much so that he was always worrying about his health. The ironic thing was, he was so paralyzed by the fear of getting diseases that he literally [...]
I love the word "vitality". It is very expressive of a state of living I think we all should strive for. I don’t know about you, but that is how I want to be when I grow up. In fact, my daughter Rachel just married a wonderful man she met at Notre Dame who's dad is 80 years old and [...]
A couple of months ago I received word that a patient of mine (he gave me permission to share) was in a horrible chainsaw accident. The chainsaw kickstarted and literally cut halfway through his thigh into his femur. It was horrible. Like most people, I couldn’t imaging anything but an amputated leg given the picture [...]
Well we have rounded the corner from summer to autumn. Yes, it is still technically summer but you can see the writing on the wall. Some early leaves changing, a little darker in the am and pm, and the crisp morning air. It is an invigorating time of year but don’t FALL into the coming [...]
When I asked a patient the other day what she had for breakfast she said, “I don’t eat breakfast because I intermittent fast and the first thing I eat is lunch.” Oooookkkkk...two problems with that statement. First, BREAK- FAST is not the what you eat in the morning. It is what the hyphenated word says: it is breaking your [...]
A few months ago one of my favorite patients who was a gentle soul of a man, passed away at 103 years old. What is hard to believe is that he served our country in WW2 hoping from island to island, fighting the Japanese. The Pacific theater was brutal but he endured it, served, and saved our country and [...]
It's that time of year again! Flip the calendar to August and it is school time before you know it. As college students go back to school it is customary to send them care packages-most commonly filled with comfort foods: cookies, muffins, beer (if it's a cool uncle sending the package!) Well, Dr. Jean and [...]
Do you know why third shift is nicknamed the “graveyard shift”? It is a grim name for a shift but unfortunately, it accurately depicts what happens to those on it. There is a greater incidence of heart attack and a general decrease in life expectancy for those who work it for extended years. Why? Because [...]
A few weeks ago I went to Omaha to visit my daughter Rachel and her fiancé Steven. While there, we did a triathlon. It's always fun to have something break you out of your comfort zone! Although I have done many triathlons, they still get the blood flowing. Right before the race there was a young girl [...]