Health

Should I get the flu shot?

Monday, October 23, 2017

  The flu… aint nobody got time for that! Yep, I get the flu shot. Every year. It doesn’t matter if I never had the flu, the years that I didn’t get the shot. I can’t take any chances in my workplace. Calling off sick is not an option, so I do everything I can. Just because I’m a doctor, doesn’t mean that needles don’t scare me. I’m not a needle-phobic, but every year I do find myself trying to put off my flu shot and any other blood work or vaccines I may need! Vaccinations may be a touchy subject…

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Will I ever find that special someone who understands my job?

Friday, September 22, 2017

As written by my special firefighter, Chris     Lights. Sirens. Chaos. Adrenaline. Emotional highs and lows…. Firefighters, Paramedics and all public safety professionals alike, work in a crazy world that keeps our anxiety levels at a high that sometimes takes a few days to come down from. Good, bad or indifferent, many think that a life of such intensity is a very fulfilling and appeasing lifestyle. Perhaps, they’re right…. to an extent. However, I like to believe that it’s in our inherent nature as human beings to deeply desire that special connection and comfort with someone else when we…

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When did going to work become dangerous?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Not a shift goes by, where I don’t encounter an unhappy customer. Don’t get me wrong; we are all entitled to our own opinions. Happiness and satisfaction are part of life, and something that I would say; most people strive for, on a daily basis. But when happiness and satisfaction become the most important focus on an experience with your doctor or nurse, what does that mean, really? What does that teach patients, and medical providers?   Here’s my take. And keep in mind this is my own opinion, in my own words, based on my own experiences.    …

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EM and Fitness

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Being a doctor means being an advocate for good health. As an Emergency Medicine physician, I care for multiple patients with a variety of complaints, everyday. Whether I’m evaluating a patient with chest pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, or who is pregnant, I counsel them all about important lifestyle factors that I believe can help prevent worsening of current or future disease risk. One of the most important of these lifestyle factors is regular exercise. It is well known that regular aerobic activity can increase energy level, improve mood, and decrease risk for many medical conditions. Despite knowing this association…

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The truth about naps

Monday, March 14, 2016

Who’s ready for a nap? Did you know there is a National Napping Day, in the United States? Let’s talk the truth about naps. Research shows that taking naps can reduce stress and fight fatigue. A short nap can improve performance, alertness, and can help increase your ability to stay awake longer, if necessary. Some tips for proper napping: Nap in the afternoon, if choosing to do so Timing is important; there are many resources out there, but 10-30 minutes seems to be the best length of time to nap and still enhance instead of harm performance later Set an…

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