COVID UNIT

I am a critical care physician. These are the patients in the ICU. On November 30th, 2020, according to the CDC tracker the total number of COVID-19 cases in the USA is 13, 295 605, new case per 100k in the last 7 days are 48.9, and 266,051 total deaths.  I am a...

Lung Cancer Screening explained by a Pulmonologist

Lung cancer screening explained by a pulmonologist Lung cancer screening is a process that is used to detect the presence of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people at high risk for cancer. In 2020, 229,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 136,000 people...

Back to the ICU

Its 5:45 am. I am already awake, waiting for the alarm to go off. I tend to wake up every few hours to check the time, when I am nervous. It’s my first day back to the ICU after a 10-week hiatus, following knee surgery. I am not as far along in my recovery, as I had...

When physicians get sick

When physicians get sick: We are just as human as the patients we treat Physicians are natural caregivers. We are in-tune with the needs of our patients, often to the detriment of our own health. It is a rite of passage during medical school to stand in for lengthy...

A physician’s convoluted FMLA journey

A physician’s convoluted FMLA journey I have dealt with unstable knees since childhood. In December 2019, I noticed knee swelling, which would improve with rest. This flare-up was not unusual, except that the swelling and pain gradually became a routine fixture...