The Day I Forgot My Son in the Car

It happened to me one unforgettable January morning. The weather has been glorious this week; it is time to tell this story, even though I am hesitant to share it.

The True Value of Stomach Acid

To be completely honest, I have never worried much about exposing children to germs. They face so few threats from infection today that it is beneficial for their immune systems to expose them to as many microbes as possible.

A Home Visit

Our practice completed our first home visit with a new mother and baby this past week. I am so proud we are able to offer this service and it is being so well received by our patients. We have four more set up and I am certain the program will continue to grow and expand.

How a Physician Suicide 30 Years Ago Still Affects Me Today

Physicians have one of the highest rates of suicide of any profession; nearly twice the rate of the general population. 400 physicians commit suicide each year in the United States. The stress of being a doctor is constant and unrelenting.

Dehydration and Oral Rehydration Solution

Parents who bring in their children to my office with vomiting or severe diarrhea for the very first time often tell me their child is drinking a lot of “water” to stay hydrated. Children lose electrolytes through vomiting and diarrhea, such as sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate.

Affordable Care for Children: One Pediatricians’ Experience

Covering children until they are 26 years old, not excluding patients for pre-existing conditions and expansion of Medicaid coverage for children are three positive changes in healthcare over the last 5 years. However, I have never really discussed the hurdles involved. There are many.

A Pink Eye That Changed My Life

There were more cases of Pink Eye in my office this week than the entire winter season altogether. The most difficult job as a pediatrician is to comb through the finer details in a sea of “pink eyes”, to ensure a more serious illness is not lurking beneath.

In the Trenches with Influenza A

Yesterday I saw a child I have known since before she was born and her mom confessed she was newly pregnant! She is a few months older than my oldest son. She is a charming, beautiful, and lovable child who always brings me joy, even when she is not feeling her best.

Power Bars and Post-it Notes

Growing up, I watched other children pull out their packed lunches that included napkins with special messages from mom on them about having a good day at school. I always wished my mom would have put a note in my lunch box even if it was “you forgot to do the dishes this morning.”

Defensive Hiking and Unintentional Drowning

Many high school classmates at Klahowya Secondary School are devastated by the loss of an 18 year old boy who drowned in Kitsap County recently while hiking and fishing with friends.