Earth and Sky

   Today I took these two pictures inadvertently without realizing the beautiful symmetry in them.  Today was my last call shift of MS3. Also, I think my last call shift until February!!! I’m not trying to be cheesy, but today when I sat directly on top of one of the thick roots in that picture, I … Continue reading

Little things

The other day I was in my car on my car on my way to an oil change appointment and I smelled the distinct scent of petrol mixed in with cigarette smoke. I know this smell very well because it is exactly what Bangladesh smells like, all the time. On the streets of Dhaka you literally … Continue reading

Attitude of Gratitude

Posted on Day 22 of Ramadan: Somehow I completely fell off the wagon for these reflections even though they were the one thing keeping me in check amongst busy school/work schedules. I’ve been thinking a lot about the things we take for granted. In Ramadan of course it’s easy to remember the food/water we take … Continue reading

Assalamu alaikum

It has been so nice working with a Muslim, female, hijabi obstetrician/gynecologist. After taking her lead, I now walk into the room and as soon as I see a hijabi or otherwise visibly Muslim, I get to greet them with “Assalamu alaikum,” peace be upon you, the universal greeting between Muslims all over the world. If … Continue reading

First generation world

I’ve been posting some thoughts on facebook everyday as we go through the month of Ramadan. While they won’t have much to do with medicine, I’ll post a selection from them here. Ramadan Reflection Day 3: this one’s a tear jerker. It’s hard to encapsulate the struggles and sentiments of being part of a family … Continue reading

Beyond the drapes

Once the anesthesiologist’s drapes come up, it’s always a little hard to remember there’s a live human being on the surgical table. We take our green sterile cloths and we drape, and drape, and drape, until there’s only a dismembered part of the original apparent to us. Reality becomes focused in on the triangle of … Continue reading

Stranger than fiction

Today I attended the hearing of a rapist… who raped–of all people–a nun… and the rape took place in–of all places–a church… you really can’t make any of this up. So this is what life has been like on forensic psychiatry. Literally all kinds of crazy. It’s fascinating, horrifying, blood-curdling, all at the same time, … Continue reading