We talk about health disparities a lot in the abstract. We talk about the numbers, the statistics. We talk about race and politics and structural violence. But I wasn’t thinking about any of that when my patient had to be admitted due to serious complications from COVID-19. I was thinking about how stubborn he had … Continue reading For my undocumented patients, there is no relief coming.
I walk around my neighborhood every day, and it wasn't until recently that I realized seeing sanitary waste on streets and in gardens had become normalized. So I started paying more attention. And in just two weeks I captured dozens of photographs of gloves that had found their way into our every day spaces.
“Everyday I walk past this bay of windows on the 11th floor. It’s the only part of the hospital where you get really good natural light so I always stop there for a minute. And every day, as I look out, I have to convince myself not to jump out of the window.” As she … Continue reading Physician Burnout: A Conversation Needed Now More than Ever
There is a novel, deadly viral pandemic at our doorsteps that has disrupted every aspect of our daily lives. It’s hard in these tumultuous times to suppress the feeling that we are facing a doom of Biblical proportions. It’s hard to suppress the constant, invasive feeling of anxiety, to settle down the knot in our … Continue reading COVID-Induced Anxiety: Some Tips for Staying Sane During Insane Times
There’s a plague of locusts sweeping through eastern Africa and a novel, deadly viral pandemic at our doorsteps. It’s hard in these tumultuous times to suppress the feeling that we are facing a doom of biblical proportions. It’s easier to let the negativity bias dominate our psyche - to focus on the negative despite all … Continue reading Perseverance in the Time of Covid.
“Where has the time gone?” While it may seem like a throwaway statement people make as the New Year approaches, it is also a somewhat ominous reminder of our most precious commodity - time. As a primary care physician, the elusiveness of this resource is one I am reminded of daily: Do you have time … Continue reading Where Has the Time Gone?
Our life expectancy is dropping. A jarring new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association summarizes the data bluntly: “Between 1959 and 2016, US life expectancy increased from 69.9 years to 78.9 but declined for 3 consecutive years after 2014.” We boast of our status as the most developed … Continue reading While We Wait for a Health Care Solution, We are Dying Younger
“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens [sic] first?!” This is a tweet from Donald Trump during this week's primary debate. Unfortunately, we as a nation are now accustomed to the speed of the President’s thumbs - tweeting out commentary and … Continue reading Our President – The Illusionist
“Doctor, can you possibly help me fill out disability forms? So I can stop working?” Miguel asked. His cheeks were just slightly flushed as he sat wringing his hands, averting eye contact with me. Usually, when someone asks me about filing for disability, I experience a fleeting moment of dread at the prospect of all … Continue reading Respite from the American Dream
Carla usually arrives in my office wearing a big smile, even if I don't have good news about her diabetes or blood pressure. But at our last visit, she was wringing her hands and tapping her feet nervously. “What's going on, Carla?” I asked with concern. Carla looked down at her feet, hiding her tears. … Continue reading Coverage: How Employer Provided Insurance Creates Unavoidable Gaps in Care.