learning to walk

My babies were delivered the third week of June. They spent two weeks getting fed a variety of information, most of which they have probably already forgotten. Then, on Monday, July 2, they began their three-year journey toward becoming the world’s best pediatricians.

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how to comment on a blog

I routinely have folks approach me in the halls, or through my email inbox with comments about my blog. When I ask them why they don’t write a comment on the blog page, they look at me as if I have asked them to light themselves on fire. What? Me? I can’t comment on your blog! I am not ___ enough (insert any adjective you like, I have heard them all). Really? Some people also think that the blog will yield up too much information about them. Not this blog. So I thought I would take a few minutes and offer advice for first-time commenters.

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Have you ever wondered how some people face terrible adversity in their lives and just seem to be able to pick themselves up and start all over?

Do you think these folks are less affected by their adversity than others? Are they less “emotional”?

Well, I have been thinking a lot about resilience lately, and thought I would share some of my thoughts. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I often take inspiration for my posts by reflecting upon observations I make of birds in my back yard.

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I looked at my grandson and started to cry

I visited my grandchildren last weekend—and my daughter and son-in-law, too, of course. It’s hard living so far away, but I try to get there about once a month if the weather and the airlines cooperate. My newest grandson is a little over 3 months old, and he is kind of hefty—weighing in at 17 pounds, about the size of a typical 7 –9 month old. He is healthy and is obviously thriving on his diet of breast milk only. While I was sitting on the couch, holding him, talking with him, cuddling him and making him laugh, I started to cry. I was overcome with sadness. I was thinking about how much love this little guy receives now, and will for the foreseeable future, and at the same time, about how many children may never know love, kindness, or a full belly.

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my interview with Mike Wallace-part 2

Yes, it really did happen.

It was late spring of 1990, and Mike Wallace was headed to Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical Center to interview me. Not JUST me, but me and several of my medical and surgical colleagues.

I wasn’t really all that scared, although in retrospect I should have been. He didn't seem all that bad.

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my social media speaking debut

Many of you are aware that I was attending Social Slam this Friday, and that I got to give a 10-minute presentation about some events that came together early on. You have all heard the story of our Vaccine Town Hall, so I won't repeat it here.

I was planning to talk about the conference, and how wonderful it was, but it seems that one of the attendees has beat me to it. So I invite you to visit Chris Craft's blog and read the story.

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what do you think about social media in medicine?

In a recent post I discussed some of the reasons why physicians like myself might choose to blog, tweet and communicate via Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. As I mentioned then, there is a bunch of controversy over the use of social media communication in the field of medicine. Those who don’t use it don’t see why anyone should use it. Some use it inappropriately. Some break ethical standards, or laws such as HIPAA by divulging protected private information about patients.

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why do doctors blog?

There are many questions that people ask when they find out that I am engaged in social media. They seem incredulous that I would spend my time blogging or tweeting instead of ....what? For me, blogging and tweeting are part of the activities I do when I am NOT engaged in every day medical work. In other words, I am not doing this instead of seeing a patient. I am writing when I am either in my academic office or at home, or maybe while I am traveling. Many folks don't seem to understand some of the things that might motivate a physician to spend "free" time in this way. Why bother?

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my first guest post

I would like to invite all of my readers to wander over to the Social Slam web site to read my latest post. This is the beginning of the story I will be telling in my ten allotted minutes during Social Slam 2012 on April 27 in Knoxville. It chronicles the events that lead up to the Vaccine Town Hall held last fall here in Roanoke.

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