Monthly Archives: May, 2012

The downside of losing weight

Obesity had plagued Patty her whole life. In grade school kids taunted, “Fatty Patty.” ┬áNow at age fifty she tipped the scales at 362 pounds. She huffed and puffed with every step and her knees groaned in agony at the massive weight. She required ten medications and insulin to control her diabetes, blood pressure, heartburn, …

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Why one patient chose me as her doctor

Mrs. Talbot, a fiesty ninety-eight year old who still walked a mile each day and took no medications, came in to see me as a new patient shortly after I opened my practice. I inquired how she had heard about me and why she had chosen me as her doctor. (Had word of my “brilliance” …

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The Bedside Manner of a Bedpost!

Have you ever had a doctor who was book brilliant but bedside manner stupid? (Please don’t say me!) I have heard all kinds of horror stories over the years. First, the surgeon who eyed his new patient and snapped, “Why is it every patient Dr. Smith sends me is fat?” Then the orthopedic who kept …

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My biggest regret

We met in Sunday school ten years ago. Never mind that he was nearly eighty and I was forty-three. Whether debating Biblical principles or politics, Jack and I clicked. I was the leader of the class, but he was our heart and soul. His humor, practical wisdom, and kindness endeared him to everyone. When Jack …

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An embarrassing misdiagnosis

Melanoma runs strongly in my husband’s family. In fact, two relatives died in their early forties of the dreaded disease and my father-in-law requires yearly mole checks with his dermatologist. Thus, when my husband showed me an ugly, new, black mole on the back of his upper arm, I was concerned. It displayed all the …

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