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Musing no. 16: The Doc

I was sitting in the waiting room because my lungs keep doing this thing where they stop working and make me cough and it feels like my chest is getting stabbed. 325 more words


Monday's Health: PE - Are you at risk?

In March 2012, I was knocking at death’s door and didn’t know it.  The diagnosis:  Pulmonary Embolism.  I had blood clots in both my lungs and legs.  546 more words


Newsletter: Critical Care Reviews

“It’s been a great week for critical care publications, with Gonzalo Hernandez’s latest HFNO trial released, as well as other RCTs on stress ulcer prophylaxis… 104 more words

Pulmonary Embolism Evaluation in Syncope: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the CT Scanner

Hi all! Bill here. Today’s piece is written by Aalap Shah, a man with the dubious honor of being one of my closest medical school friends. 1,610 more words


My patient with pulmonary embolism also reports new-onset hiccups. Are the two conditions related?

Hiccups (AKA singultus) are due to the involuntary contraction of the inspiratory muscles, especially the diaphragm. The hiccup reflex involves an afferent limb ( eg, the phrenic and vagus nerves, sympathetic fibers from T6-T12,  brainstem) and an efferent limb, primarily the phrenic nerve1,2.  215 more words

Being Happy

Being in the present moment can help you to be happy. If you are fully present, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying of the future, then you begin to appreciate things more. 536 more words

Soothing colors 

Yesterday was a difficult moment. My health problems caught up with me once again scaring the heck out of my wife and causing this feeling of “gosh will this ever end” in me. 198 more words

Becoming An Artist