Skeletons in the Closet

(Copyright Douglas MacIlroy) Skeletons in the Closet Genre: Narrative Medicine Kat acknowledged her newest nanny with her best, I’m ok face, certain that it would be reported to her very important parents; never present themselves to notice. She chewed and chewed and then spit into her napkin; a distraction, a sleight of hand and the…

Dr. Google Will Never Know You Like I Do or Care as Much

My blog friends saw it here first. My Dr. Google Post has been syndicated. Please take the time to visit KevinMD.com and comment and like me. Here’s my skeptical face, “You want to feature my little post? Really? Well ok if it makes the world a better place.” Actually I said, “Yes, wow, yes.” Or…

A Frozen Section – Flash Frozen Fiction

Flash Frozen Fiction for Friday Fictioneers Genre: Historical Medical Narrative (Yes, I did just make that up.) 100 words A Frozen Section “Did you study the video I forwarded to you? It’s all in the wrist,” my friend the oncologist joked, as I angled the biopsy needle into my traitorous breast. “I know how to…

My Fountain of Youth – Friday Fictioneers

My Fountain of Youth “Red pill, blue pill, little yellow capsule,” she sorted out loud, bifocals askew. “The red’s for vim. The blue’s for vigor. The yellow is for good measure.” she quipped as she reached for her kale smoothie handing him the costly treasure with a gnarled hand she barely recognized. “How can you…

What’s For Dinner Doc is 1 Year Old

What’s For Dinner Doc is one year old today. I started my blog as a place to talk about women’s health but it has evolved into so much more than I could have envisioned. Looking back, I have come to realize that a blog writes itself. It finds it’s voice and it takes you, the…

Swallowing Glass

Join me for Flash Fiction with Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at Friday Fictioneers. Follow the link to read what others are writing today. I realize that my narrative medicine posts have been morose but the stories have been writing themselves. My career has been mostly joyous but these stories of suffering, my own and my patients’ need…

New Year’s Resolution: Wishing For Change Is Not a Plan

Hope is not a plan. Turn your wish into a plan. What really matters to you in 2015 and what’s your plan? Try this exercise. Start by writing down a resolution, which is really just a glorified wish. Now write down a concrete plan to make it happen. If the resolution appears to be too…

Top 10 Reasons Not To Workout: Let’s be Honest

1) The cute outfit that you bought for your 2014 New Years Resolution: Gym Comeback, still has the tags on. Besides it barely fit in January and it certainly doesn’t fit now. Ouch. 2) Your Zumba class is having a “Bring your cat to class day”, and everyone knows that you can’t herd cats to…

December 16, Refocusing, Let’s Be Honest

Let’s Be Honest Keeping our goals in mind is difficult when we are being bombarded with stress. Perhaps you are feeling a “spending hangover”, you haven’t been getting enough sleep, you are planning too many events, your year-end chores at work are overwhelming or you are just plain exhausted from the hub bub of the…