Sorry no photos this week. here’s one.

February 4, 2011

Working in a family medicine clinic during the winter is about as exciting as working in an auto repair shop in rural Nova Scotia. For those of you who have never been to an auto repair shop in rural Nova Scotia, you’re not missing much.

Anyway, traffic was slow this week. The patients who showed up were nice enough. Several geriatric follow ups, two people who struggled with addictions, a 4 year old I called “Mr.” who had a cold, a pregnant lady due next week (welcome to the world Catalina!), and a woman who was undocumented and uninsured (she could get a free pap smear, but I don’t know what she will do if they find anything wrong).

The highlight of the week was yesterday when I got to take fluid out of a woman’s knee. We’re still not sure what the fluid is… results come back in a few days. I’m betting on lyme, but it’s more likely rheumatoid arthritis. Who doesn’t love a good medical mystery?

When I lived in Philadelphia I had a teacher who was my guru. Once, she pointed out that peacefulness can be really boring; that meditation is sitting still and finding the eye of the storm where  n o t h i n g  i s  h a p p e n i n g. Lately I’ve been daydreaming about scrubs and surgeries. But… Maybe I should appreciate the pace of family medicine as a zen-like vortex in the middle of the Hurricane that is third year. One week left of sitting still – so-to-speak.

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