Southwest Virginia

aah, moments of realization, inspiration


I sometimes have real trouble writing posts for this blog. Not because I can't think of anything to say, but because I often find myself so limited with regard to time to do things. Usually my life AT work is so full of meetings and other time-critical commitments that most of my writing is done from home.

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how do you measure up?

Do you consider yourself above average?

Are you one of those folks who always does everything they are expected to do?

Over the past couple of months I spent many hours doing annual reviews. I did  my own self-evaluation, the evaluation of my doctors after they finished their own self evaluations, the evaluations of many of my peers, my boss, my partner-vice president, plus a variety of others with whom I work who requested my input. All in all I probably did some form of written and/or verbal review for about 60 individuals.

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this is really embarassing

OK, so I need to apologize to my loyal readers: and I know you are there--HOW? Because so many of you came to visit yesterday despite there being no new post for a week. This means I broke the promise I made to you just recently, and my life is out of control.

Well, maybe not completely out of control, but time seems to be at a premium.


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adopting six children?

A couple weeks ago I mentioned our pediatric residency received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education--otherwise known as the ACGME. This past Thursday, November 17, we held our first interview session for applicants to our program.

Interviewing REAL people makes the residency seem much more REAL than before.

While excitement is one of the words that still describes how I feel about the program starting, there are many other emotions twirling around in my mind and heart.

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the tale of the dancing doc

Once upon a time a five-year old princess known only as "the Skink" was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) because of pneumonia, caused by an ugly green troll. She suffered from insufficient oxygen in her bloodstream, and required a technique known as "high flow" oxygen delivery to ensure enough oxygen was getting into her blood to be delivered to the critical tissues-brain, heart, lungs, GI tract, kidneys. She nearly needed help breathing with a ventilator, but this was avoided due to diligent care provided by the staff. As she got better, she was reluctant to get up and move around. Walking, running and playing are necessary to get children (and princesses) to take deep breaths and clear their lungs.

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What is your story?

The following post was contributed by Dr. James Sherman, medical director of the newborn nursery at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital.

I had a pediatric resident some years ago who told me the following story:

I left home before I finished high school. And found myself, a couple of years later, living in a shelter and pregnant. The father of the baby wasn’t interested in being a father and moved on. I wasn’t really prepared to be a mother, and figured we would “get by.”


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come make miracles with us

This Saturday,  November 5,  you have a chance to make miracles happen.

The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals-Roanoke Chapter is hosting its annual Miracles for Children Gala at the Hotel Roanoke. The event is ALWAYS fun, with lots of good food, a chance to hear from a miracle family, and an opportunity to help make miracles happen in our community.

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I am so excited

I wanted you to be the first to know--we have just gotten word from the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, that our proposed Pediatric Residency has been approved!!!

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