On a Physician’s Recovery After Major Illness

As many of my readers know, I was intubated in an ICU about two months ago. (Do scan the comments—many of my readers disclosed their own health stories or those of friends and family.) I promised to post an update after my follow-up MRI and neurologist appointment, and we were incredibly relieved to learn that… Continue reading On a Physician’s Recovery After Major Illness

Patients and the Future of Our Health Care System

Last month, I introduced e-Patient Dave’s keynote at the AMIA Fall Symposium. In that introduction, which I summarized in a blog post about my recent health scare, I drew an analogy between John F. Kennedy’s famous statement delivered at the Berlin Wall in 1963 expressing solidarity with the people of Berlin who were cut off… Continue reading Patients and the Future of Our Health Care System

On The Ultimate Loss of Control, Living with Uncertainty, Reflecting on the Future, and Being a Patient

Prelude I don’t remember three days of my life. I have generally felt in control of my life and behavior. Although I understand the future is always uncertain, I do as much as I can to plan for it and minimize risk to myself and my family. This includes focusing on avoidance of stress, healthy… Continue reading On The Ultimate Loss of Control, Living with Uncertainty, Reflecting on the Future, and Being a Patient