First, what IS a pre-existing condition? It’s a health problem you had before the date that your health insurance went into effect. This makes it CRITICAL for people with chronic illnesses, allergies, major diseases to never have lapses in health … Continue reading “Pre-existing Conditions” Under the AHCA
After a lot reading last night into the wee hours of the morning, I have learned more about some of the Republican reasoning behind this new health care bill, H.R.1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017. Republicans are all … Continue reading Life Under the Proposed GOP Health Bill
Today, the United States House of Representatives put another nail in the coffin of the country I once loved. Lately, every time I turn on the news, I see more evidence that empathy, citizenship and ethics are a way of … Continue reading Ow, my heart.
(Technically, the only 4 things you really enjoy.) Learn about how these 4 vital neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in your brain) affect your mood and behavior! DOPAMINE Nickname: The Reward Chemical A.K.A.: One More, Please! Catchphrase: The Joy of Getting What … Continue reading The Fantastic 4
I am trying to get into the habit of writing something here every day, even if it is just a sentence. So bear with me, faithful readers! Apps I Use and Like Understand that to recommend an app, I *really* … Continue reading My Top 10 Smartphone Apps
It’s the last day of Lab Week, and my creative juices were flowing yesterday. I’m super proud of our entry for the annual door decorating contest. The suite where I sit is unique in that it is not occupied by … Continue reading Door Decorating Contest
Woody Allen said, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him about your plans.” Well, God sure had a few big chuckles at me over the last few years! I had Big Plans. As you may recall from previous posts (Study Guide, … Continue reading Changing Lanes
April 23-29 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! I currently work at a major hospital in the pathology department, and Lab Week is our annual “party week.” We have raffles, bake-offs, picnics, happy hours, etc. We raise money for charity, stuff … Continue reading Lab Week 2017!
I’ve been thinking about returning to writing for a while now, and I think I might have the discipline, not to mention the ideas, to keep up with a blog again. While I’m formulating some future posts, please take a … Continue reading Easter is a time for resurrection.
It’s been a long year! Another year as an EMT under my belt, bringing the tally to 2. I had a great time! In the spring, I finally started thinking seriously about post-bacc programs again, and I started reviewing math … Continue reading Hellooooo Philly!
Since I’ve spent the day writing my essay and drinking wine, today’s post is short and to the point! (I highly recommend Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Riesling and Gewürztraminer.) These sciencey items should be on your Christmas list! Science Ink: Tattoos … Continue reading Shameless Plug Sunday!
Readers: DramaDoc needs your help! I am applying to post-bacc pre-med programs now, but until I start somewhere, what should I study at home, on my own? I’ve been considering brushing up on my math skills, since I haven’t had a … Continue reading Study Guide
The following comes from an email a friend sent yesterday. It resonated with me, and I hope it does the same for you on this day of rest and recovery. Here’s a video of my favorite gratitude song! Thanksgiving Gratitude Examen … Continue reading Gratitude
Safe travels and good eats to all my readers! Check out how I celebrate! Here are 2 fun Thanksgiving-realted clips from a beloved childhood film, “Addams Family Values.” Enjoy! Good luck getting that song out of your head! This brings … Continue reading Happy Turkey Day!
These are the words I have uttered time and again to patients who do not want to go to the hospital, despite being in distress. In my head I’m thinking “get on the damn stretcher before you code, you fool!” … Continue reading I’ll just wait until you pass out…
1. We wear hot uniforms. So hot that we melt in the summer. 2. We pick you up. Like every good date, we meet you at your house and carry your bags. And then pick you up and carry you … Continue reading 20 Reasons Why EMTs are Sexy
I just got a letter from my doctor saying that her practice is moving. I can either go to her new location, choose a PCP from the same practice, or find someone entirely new. I already moved with her once, … Continue reading Doctor Shopping
The first holiday sale ads are out, and soon the season of sales, shopping lists, and stress will be here. I’ve already seen 2 back-to-back commercials for completely different products using the same Christmas carol, with the lyrics modified to … Continue reading The Best Gift Ideas for Anyone
Yesterday, you learned part of my origin story. Today I share with you the recent discovery of one of my superpowers. I was caught off guard when a seemingly ordinary assignment at work led to such a revelation, but now … Continue reading My Surprise Superpower
The exam room is cramped with students and residents rounding on the next case, a pigtailed six year old girl swinging her gangly legs off the exam table. When a resident asks the girl’s mother about her daughter’s past medical history, the … Continue reading Origin Story
Can identify sirens down to the type of truck they’re on, and always have a comment about how the driver is using them. Appreciate people with good veins, and compliment them. DO “Run on Dunkin’.” Get confused when people talk about … Continue reading You Know You’re an EMT If You…