Saying no for self preservation

Earlier this week, I was struggling to get out the door.  I followed my four year old in his snow boots, carrying his backpack, my work tote, my lunch box, my gym bag and a heavy bag of library books to return.  I had a nighttime board meeting after work, and wanted to hit the…

Does Hate Mail Mean I’ve Arrived?

I hit a personal milestone in 2019.  I had my third opinion piece accepted for publication in The Buffalo News, our local newspaper that serves a metropolitan area of over a million people.  Anything I published in medical blogs previously had been viewed by a thousand people at most, usually closer to a few hundred….

26 Publications in 2017-2018: Why Wait to Follow Your Passion?

I have always loved reading.  My introduction to the field of medicine was a combination of Bring Your Daughter to Work Day with my amazing nurse practitioner mother and reading a series of books about sick children and realizing I wanted to learn enough to help people like the characters.  As a kid, once I…

Are flu shots your thing?

Are flu shots your thing?  My oldest brother asked me this about a month ago.  It didn’t come out of left field.  I’ve been on a little bit of a flu shot rant for the past year.  I wrote an opinion piece for our paper about the vital importance of vaccinating children for influenza.  The…