Archive for August 2016

"Write about something in your life you'd like a second chance at"

My challenge tonight is to write about something I wish I had a second chance at. The weirdest thing is that off the top of my head, there’s….nothing. Well, that can’t be right. Surely I fucked up somewhere and I’d love to take another shot at it. Yes, but even in those situations, the outcome... Read more »

What I Have Learned About Facebook

I have just returned from vacation and thought I’d do one more off topic post before getting back to the medical arena. Today I thought I’d tell you the lessons I’ve learned from Facebook over the past two months. Let me begin by saying that I’ve never truly been one for social media. As a... Read more »

How I cheated the Grim Reaper today!

So today will be a little break from the usual. I’m going to talk about how we went to this little lake from the top of a mountain.   The view is from the top of Cadillac Mountain. The trail to the lake (actually, Bubble Pond) was a mere 0.9 miles. So my lovely wife... Read more »
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Miracles

“Well, Doc, I guess at this point the best we can hope for is a miracle.” Well, yes, but possibly not the one you have in mind. But let me digress for a moment. When people are sick with cancer and people pray for them, what, exactly, are they praying for? I’ll bet that if... Read more »

Why hospital ratings don’t mean squat!

Several hospital rating systems were published this past week. Did you look at them? Do you care? Do you even understand what they mean? One was from U.S. News and World Report, the other from CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Before we look into these evaluations, let’s think of other rating systems. How... Read more »

The Value of a Positive Attitude

Shortly after I completed my residency at Harvard, (Did I mention I went to Harvard for my training?), a surgeon by the name of Bernie Siegel wrote a book called, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. (In the interest of full disclosure, I was jealous I wasn’t as famous as him.) It was filled with wonderful stories... Read more »
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Hope

In Dante’s epic poem, Inferno, the gate to Hell bears the famous inscription: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Hope. It’s one of the most powerful of all human emotions. Even in the classical Greek myth of Pandora, who opened the box that released all the evils upon this Earth, at the bottom was... Read more »