Tag Archives: Surgery

Burnout

My patient had literally burned a hole in his tiny, new stomach with a combination of cigarettes and alcohol. I don’t have a moral position on this except that life is probably worth preserving until one can make an informed … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Enough

I work with people who are changing their relationship to food. Mostly they are obese and don’t want to be. Most have had surgery under my hand to give them a tool to help them relearn two sensations that their … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dog’s View

December was super busy. I took my national boards (passed..!), the kiddo had a minor operation (waiting in waiting rooms is exhausting–I’ll remember that), and my patients, for one month, finally had real insurance. Deductibles take 11 months to pay … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shiny

It was an accident and let’s just leave it at that, she said. My patient was feeling sheepish and guarded. It was Christmas Eve, 9pm. She had shot herself in the chest, but she didn’t mean to. It was maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Three

6/100 Strangers Project Today, my three, my son, my wife and me, were sitting in a preop holding room in Portland at the university hospital. We walked in to the Multnomah pavillion– the word evokes presence and history at the … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What You Know and What You Don’t

I am studying for my recertification exam in surgery, which comes around every ten years. The more I review everything (and I mean everything), the less I know. My knowledge base falls off pretty quickly once I get out of … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Graffiti

Doing an operation a thousand times makes a difference. Like Steve Austin, the bionic man, my operations these days are “better, stronger, faster.” No matter what I thought when I finished “training” and how I thought I was teflon and … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Holds This

We have to feel a certain amount of pain to change directions, get help, stop injuring ourselves, etc. It turns out we, as a race, are obstinate. If it doesn’t hurt, we don’t stop doing what are doing even if … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chalk

A 16 year old girl went to ride her horse in her pick-up.  Three hours later her mother found the truck upside down in the berm, the tires having long since stopped their lazy spinning in the air.  Her daughter’s … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Objects are Closer

If I could look in reverse in my life I might see that the end was always coming along for the ride from the beginning.  My son was born perfect and yet there he is, several days later, with a … Continue reading

Posted in Bend Light | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments