• Tuesday's Thoughts: Realistic Expectations

    I’ve started writing this week’s “Tuesday’s Thoughts” early Monday morning. So early that many of you are still nestled in the Sandman’s arms and have been coaxed into the dream realm (hopefully it was a good journey). It’s a little after three in the morning and you’d think that people with such minor issues as a stuffy nose would avoid waking up and braving the cold in order to come to the emergency department. Then again this place never shuts down and I’ve seen stranger things make their way…

  • Tuesday’s Thoughts: It’s More Than A Habit

    My intention is to not elicit an emotional response or seek pity, but the story below is presented with the purpose of shedding light on the issue of addiction. Let me begin by clarifying that addiction doesn’t just pertain to the dependence on a substance like alcohol, heroin or meth. It can also refer to such acts like binge eating or compulsive shopping, too. . Many years ago I had a friend with an addiction to gambling. I never knew the extent of his obsession until it was too late. As his a…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: A Completed Novel

    I recently came across this quote, “Not everyone will understand your journey, but that’s okay. They need to understand their own, not yours.” . If you know me, you’ll understand that my greatest desire, the very thing that makes me tick, is my need to be creative. Whether it be through the visual arts (painting, sculpting) or the written word, the creative process defines a large part of my personal journey. . With that being said, I’m excited to announce that I’ve finally finished my most rece…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: All In A Routine

    I have a routine while I’m driving into work. It’s nothing complicated, but nonetheless it sets the mental groundwork for how I approach my shift. If I mess it up, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll be off my game for several hours. . You have to realize that there is no easing into a shift in the emergency department, especially the night shift. It’s kind of like the baseball bat of awakening being smashed across your face. You walk into pandemonium, jump in feet first and start frantically …

  • Tuesday’s Thoughts: A Short Story

    The man grunted with irritation as he stomped across the sidewalk on his way to work. His frustration only ballooned when he thought about the argument with his wife, his son’s computer crashing, daughter’s below average math grade, the leaky faucet, the car’s battery needing a jump and now he was running late. He scrolled through his phone as a way to occupy his mind or maybe it was to divert his thoughts from the stress waiting for him at the office. The headlines slid by with a swipe of his t…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: All In Due Time

    I’m sure you’ve seen those attention grabbing videos featuring a pet doing some entertaining, funny or more often than not “the darnedest things.” Yet, working in emergency medicine I’d have to say that it’s humans who stand atop the ladder and do the…well, you know what I’m about to say next. Most of the time it’s these behaviors, together with the lack of mental foresight, that are influenced by humanity's popular friend, alcohol. . There appears to exist a relationship between a person's acti…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: Are You Absolutely Certain?

    I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said, "Nothing can be certain, except death and taxes." I suppose you could fall off the grid and for the most part elude taxes. However, death, while I'm not one to dwell on the topic, is something that can't be avoided. . And while death, and more or less taxes, can be considered absolutes, most things in life, especially medicine, can't be defined in this way. In essence there's a lot of gray. If you're a linear thinker, or someone who sees the world in …

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: What's In Your Wallet Or Garage or Cabinet Or Home?

    Without overstating the obvious, one of my functions as a paramedic, and of all EMTs for that matter, is the need to step into someone’s house, apartment, condo, mobile home, or simply put, their abode. I’m amazed, well let me rephrase that because the years of being on the job has blunted the shock; what I’m trying to say is that most homes, and it doesn’t matter if they’re big or small, are a mess. . By mess I mean the clutter, the excessive trinkets, the papers, bottles, cans, bags, clothes, …

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: Happy Emergency Nurses Week

    “Wondering Amongst Imagination’s Headstones” is a book of short stories I published back in November, 2019. I bring this up not because of the time of year, even though Halloween is my favorite holiday that’s not a holiday. But rather, something a coworker got me thinking about that I haven’t thought about in a long time; that being the two dates that are separated, by what is known as an en dash, on a gravestone. . Those dates are something we—that being you, me and every person on this planet—…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts: From Somewhere On The Horizon

    Here in Michigan, I would describe this past week as having the perfect Fall weather. Calm, cool and well, you know, the type that was just right for a long sleeve shirt. On one of these evenings I took my dog for a walk and thoroughly immersed myself in the stillness, the mild temp and the quiet. It was late night, and as someone who loves the nighttime, I also had the luxury of feeling safe. . Surrounded by this nocturnal bliss, I couldn’t help but count my blessings or a better way of saying …