End of Life

Too soon

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in End of Life, General Medicine | 19 comments

Too soon

Brett collapsed…

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Following orders

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in End of Life | 13 comments

Following orders

Do and die.

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I, Doctor

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in End of Life, Featured, General Medicine | 11 comments

I, Doctor

…I am helpless

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The perfect way

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in End of Life | 6 comments

The perfect way

..right or wrong

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Palliative Care is not a secret

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in End of Life | 7 comments

Palliative Care is not a secret

When is Palliative Care, not palliative care? When it is a secret. When the board certified, experienced and dedicated practitioners of pain control, symptom support and honest communication, believe they are unique. When the average doc is not qualified to administer compassionate treatment. When comfort equals consult. In 2014, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) finally became an independent specialty. Now, board certification not only means an interest in palliation and passing an exam, but every new Palliative Medicine doctor must complete a one-year fellowship. This revolutionary...

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Family Photos

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Cancer Care, End of Life, General Medicine, Life & Health | 4 comments

Family Photos

To cope with loss, oncologists simply forget. Perhaps, “forget” is not the right word. “Compartmentalize,” “separate” or simply “contain,” may be better. We put all those wonderful people who have died, all that suffering, all those lives, in a corner closet of our minds, close the door and lock them away. Perhaps. However, all those memories remain; they are part of me. Quietly, they change how I practice medicine, what I feel and how I live. Sometimes, they come back in remarkable ways. Almost three decades ago, when I finished training and went into practice, I took an intensive review...

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