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  • January 16, 2017
  • Clinical Life
One Phrase Can Change a Life

A few years ago, I flew to Saudi Arabia to teach healthcare professionals about COPD. The man beside me kept looking at my computer as I worked on my slides. Finally, he asked, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to Jeddah to teach about a lung disease, called Emphysema or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” … Read more

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  • January 9, 2017
  • Inspirational
The Story of Mr. P And His Uncontrolled COPD Part 2

Thank you for joining us for this week’s blog to follow the story of Mr. P… It’s a late Christmas Eve in the office and my Mission of Infusing Hope is starting… Sitting with Mr. and Mrs. P, I shared that the fact that his shaky hands and head (tremors) were likely due to a … Read more

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  • Laughter Is The Best Medicine
E-x-t-i-n-c-t

Joan is a long-time patient of mine in her late 70s with advanced-stage lung cancer. One rainy day, I was dreading her appointment because we had all just learned that Joan was being transitioned to hospice and this would be our last visit. When I entered the room I found Joan sitting with Matthew, her … Read more

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  • January 2, 2017
  • Inspirational
The Story of Mr. P And His Uncontrolled COPD Part 1

“Oh bummer, my last clinic patient has uncontrolled COPD.” This is exactly the words that I thought when I picked up Mr. P’s medical chart. (Yes, this was before electronic medical records during the first year of my Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship.) It was Christmas Eve at 6:30 pm — already two hours after the clinic … Read more

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  • Laughter Is The Best Medicine
A Moment of Clarity

Meet Lydia and Darlene. They are two sisters who had their mother, older brother, and three aunts all die with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Lydia, the older sister, also had advanced Alzheimer’s and almost never recognized her baby sister, Darlene. One evening about a month before dying, Lydia had a moment of clarity. For a brief … Read more

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  • December 28, 2016
  • Clinical Life
Here’s One Simple Phrase: The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health Is…

For non-smoking friends or family of smokers Want to lower the resistance you often get when telling your loved ones to stop smoking? Instead, try these three questions in a non-threatening and non-judgmental voice: • When is the last time you tried to quit smoking? • What are things that I currently do or say … Read more

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