All of us, one day, will “lose the battle” of illness, accident, or condition. The question is: will we have won the war?
I had known the patient well. She was just in my ICU a few weeks previous with a perforated bowel and multiple abscesses in her abdomen. She was now in the hospital emergency department several weeks later with severe acidosis (or acid levels in the blood). I was absolutely convinced that she had sepsis, a […]
Among the many types of denials from insurance companies that come across my desk, one I have been seeing more frequently is the “DRG denial.” This is where an insurance company will comb through the medical record of a claim and deny a specific “diagnosis related group,” or DRG. So, for example, a hospital will […]
I could be panicking on the inside. But if I panic on the outside, it could mean the difference between life and death.
It can be a random sound, or picture, or song, and that is all it takes to bring it all roaring back. This last time, it was during my cousin’s wedding. The DJ played “Forever” by Chris Brown, and as soon as I heard it, all the memories flooded my mind. My eldest daughter and […]
Eventually, the news organizations will leave Uvalde, Texas. Eventually, the camera lights will turn off. Eventually, the platitudes of politicians will go silent. Eventually, the national attention to the tragedy that has unfolded at Robb Elementary School will wane and move on to something else. The horror of the loss will not fade. The searing […]
I am willing to concede that I may have been wrong about the importance of mask mandates, not from a viral transmission perspective, but from a social cohesion perspective.
RaDonda Vaught, the former Tennessee nurse convicted of two felonies related to a drug error, was sentenced to three years probation on May 13, 2022 (during Nurses Week, in fact). What’s more, she was granted a judicial diversion, which means that the conviction will be expunged if she completes a three-year probation. Universally, there has […]
The medical logic is perfect: the patient has suffered a catastrophic brain injury, and it is unlikely that she will ever wake up again; my other patient will likely need the ventilator for many more days and will need a surgery to connect the airway to his neck, called a tracheostomy. To me, as an […]
I am a man of deep faith. I am not even close to the standards to which I aspire every day, and at the same time, I will die trying to be the best believer I can be. It is impossible that I leave my faith at the door of the ICU; it is part […]