Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Before the Baby Comes

Donna was the first friend I made after moving from Vermont to Nashville in 1986. Since we were both in the medical field and enjoyed walking, gardening, and laughing, she quickly became a dear friend. Besides attending a weekly church group together, we hoofed it around the Vanderbilt track on a regular basis in our …

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Codes, codes, and more codes!

Thumbing through the ICD-9 book of ┬ádiagnostic codes is an eye-opening experience. For starters, who needs a code for “hit by a nuclear bomb?” I mean, will the patient or doctor need to worry about a proper Medicare ICD-9 code if a nuclear holocaust occurs? And how often does a patient survive a head-on collision …

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Band-Aids 101

Is there anything worse than mandatory meetings? Somehow I’d been conned into co-leading my daughter’s pre-kindergarden Girl Scout troop. Despite the hours of preparation, I adored cooking up fun activities and field trips for my daughter and her friends. What I didn’t enjoy were the mandatory training sessions for troop leaders. Two hours of listening …

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Gone to the Dogs

It’s after midnight on New Year’s Eve and I’m on-call for six doctors. The answering service pages me and claims they have an urgent call. Sure enough, I’m greeted with a frantic male voice: “Brandy keeps having accidents all over the floor. Six times already today. There’s poop everywhere. You’ve got to do something.” “Her …

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