Friday, June 29, 2012


In 1999 I started taking premed classes. This morning, 13 years later, I just got home from the last shift of my residency. Feels pretty damn good to be finished.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

One... more...shift...

The overnight shift tonight will be the last shift of my entire residency. Can hardly believe it....

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Pulgas Water Temple


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Moon over the avenue


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thought experiment

If your 85-year-old grandfather came to the emergency room at 9:00 pm, unable to swallow and not having been able to eat or drink anything for the past two days, would you want him to be admitted to the hospital?


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Ohlone Way


Monday, June 18, 2012

Professional satisfaction

Every so often a case in the ER is the perfect balance of a pleasant patient who is genuinely interested in their own disease process, wants you to teach them more, and for whom you can provide effective treatment. Got two of those in a row the other night and left work feeling like a doctor.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Sunrise after night shift

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Ziba's first piano lession

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Treasure Island Administration Building


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Isn't that a little personal?

Life in emergency medicine can be a little strange sometimes. I just checked the schedule for our department conference this week. Looks like the highlight will be the Anorectal Small Group Discussion. I guess we'd better be sure to wear clean underwear....


Monday, June 11, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Oaktown Spice Shop


Sunday, June 10, 2012


While planning for the upcoming trip with Mom-Bob to Poland and Germany, I was searching for a way to get from Krakow to Lübeck by train. Today I get a banner ad on my Sudoku website promising best prices on rail tickets from Krakow to Lübeck. Helpful, annoying, or creepy?

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ghanaian connection

Many traditional Ghanaian names are based on gender and the day of the week that you were born. For example, Kofi Annan's first name indicates that he was a boy born on a Friday. The other night in the ER I took care of a little girl whose day name is the same as the wife's, and whose brother's was the same as mine. Mom was delighted to find out that we had gotten engaged in Ghana while Dr. N was working there.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Lucky Alley


Monday, June 4, 2012

On the radio again

Yesterday I had radio in the car tuned to the local classical station and I just had to smile, remembering my post from the other day. What was playing? That old warhorse, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto....


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Around the Bay Area: Old and new