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.
This is the story of Fred, the Anxiety Worm. Hi. I’m Fred. He came to my friend in a dream, and he has helped her visualize how she experiences anxiety. She has given permission to share this wonderful parable. To … Continue reading Fred the Anxiety Worm
(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!
Saw this billboard on the way to work today. LOVE IT!!! I’m still like a little kid when I see an ambulance or fire truck. It inspired me to Google “texting while driving,” (while in a house,not my car) and … Continue reading Distracted Driving
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 live and work in an area with many bicyclists. I even ride my bike in the city streets from time to time. As a driver, I am safe, courteous, attentive, and not opposed to sharing the road… IF certain … Continue reading 9 Things Bicyclists Need to Know
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
What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel ruptures in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Ischemic strokes are further broken down based upon where … Continue reading Act FAST during a stroke!