Though you may have stumbled upon this collection of writings by accident or come to it for a reason...My hope is that you leave refreshed, educated and ready to take on the chaos.
I sometimes wonder if the trend towards unfriendliness in medicine has developed as a way of trying to hold ourselves emotionally together.
"Be still my heart!" That is the phrase that continues to rush over me this week in regards to my experience with Truth Prescriptions. My heart is fill and I have so many to thank!
Children are happiness experts. Who else can sit in a poopy diaper, stinking to high heavens, while playing with a cardboard box and a rock and have a fabulous time all the while. Find a ray of happiness today.
Anger takes away the calm, the peaceful, the rational. In our anger, we no longer are neat and put together. It exposes our raw emotions and wounds. We do stupid things as rage happens.
Have you ever said, "OH MY GOD why did I just yell at the kids!" or "WHY am I so angry?!" or "I shouldn't be angry!"
You are not alone. Anger is a part of being human. It's part of our brains and make-up. It's a stress reaction/instinct, like "fight or flight". Did you know that behind sexual attraction/arousal, anger is the 2nd most powerful emotion we experience!
In the heat of the moment, it's impossible to think and tease out your feelings. Here's an example that took me years to figure out...
This is a reflective piece I wrote immediately following my experience after attending Leader Development Days (LDD) hosted by United Methodist Women (UMW) in St. Louis MO Nov. 11-13, 2016. Find out more about UMW HERE
You are full of worth and worthy of love despite whatever or whoever have suggested otherwise.
This poem is dedicated to one such mom who needed to know her support group still stands. Like a trusty sports bra, hangs on tight until the very end!
Motherhood, in all its glory, has started. It’s begun
Everyone loves a baby and talks about all the fun
Think about it, if you are a non-smoker, you can pick out a smoker quickly. Just by simply walking by someone, any non-smoker can smell the cigarette smoke even if they haven’t light up in days. Smokers emit smoke smell from their clothing, belongings and even their own skin.
So the myth that, “we smoke outside” is just that, A MYTH.
I do love me some math and always loved the saying “is over of equals percent over 100” for conversion. Let’s use it to show how time away in self-care with only a small percentage of the total time with your family. Who says math word problems are useless!
If you are one of many that are living with chronic pain, the reality you wake up to daily is that you will never be totally pain-free. Sad but true.
Physicians want to help, not hurt. Our vow is to “First, do no harm.” Pain medications are easily misused and abused. Dependence of these medications leads to abuse and addiction. I spent too many years training and learning that I refuse to become someone's drug dealer/supplier. But as a primary care physician, this is reality that I daily struggle against.
A thank you for sharing your life and stories with me. Please know you will not be easily or quickly forgotten.
Guess what, your doctor can do NOTHING about your diabetes. SHOCKED? That's right, as your doctor, I can’t help you manage your diabetes if you take no interest in helping yourself. The only person who can change the course of this disease is YOU!
Let me be honest about this topic, talking about sex is uncomfortable. It’s even more awkward when you talk about it with your grandmother!
The fact is 100% of humans will die at some point in time. By having a plan set up for your family ahead of time, you will make a hard situation somewhat easier to handle
When giving the best care, is remembering self-care
Are you a caregiver for your spouse, parent, family, or friend? Caring for someone else can be a rewarding but totally overwhelming responsibility.