Dr. Heather’s Blog

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank

The Roaring 2020s

As I was listening to the radio in my car last week, I heard some commentary that at first seemed very encouraging.  In America, the 1920s were a period of economic growth, prosperity and optimism, with the decade being dubbed “The Roaring Twenties” as a result.  Much of this was fueled by the end ofContinue reading “The Roaring 2020s”

Gym and Tonic

Last week, I had the rare opportunity to have my work day end early on a Friday.  I finished morning clinic on time; I attended virtual Morbidity and Mortality conference at noon via Zoom; I worked on curriculum from about 1:30 to 3:30, but couldn’t really do more until other faculty turned in their materials. Continue reading “Gym and Tonic”

Chicken Breast Cancer

It is interesting to note what can amuse us, generally speaking, as a society these days.  Humor is often found in everyday things that strike us as ironic, idiosyncratic, or absurd; think Jerry Seinfeld and his observations about “nothing.” Recently, technology has become such an integral part of our lives, that it too has becomeContinue reading “Chicken Breast Cancer”

Doctor Google

Over the years I’ve observed that advances in technology, when applied to medicine, are often a double edged sword.  Many good things can come from it, such as the electronic health record and the ability to access charts from anywhere and also track outcomes.  But usually, there is a downside or a trade off, andContinue reading “Doctor Google”

The Wisdom of Homer

In an effort to pass the time during these pandemic months, I’ve been binge watching many shows, including of course several Netflix series but also some old favorites such as Seinfeld and the Simpsons. Recently, I watched an episode of the Simpsons (S30/E5) entitled: Baby You Can’t Drive My Car. In this episode, a self-drivingContinue reading “The Wisdom of Homer”

“The” Covid

I have observed a unique phenomenon in that patients will mention certain diseases or diagnoses prefaced by “the.”  Such as gout:  it’s never, “I had gout” it’s “I had the gout.” Or, when a husband and wife are together in the room and he’s complaining of foot pain, she will say, “He has the gout,Continue reading ““The” Covid”


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