Welp it happened... my daughter crashed my news segment 😩🤣
I could feel my face getting bright red and staying that way for the rest of the interview
Daughter afterwards: “I wanted to see what was going on”
Why didn’t she do this on a day when I did her hair?
The more I think of it she’s been biding her time. My husband usually corrals them in the back room. Tonight? He fell asleep and she saw her opening
I must issue a public apology to Leonard, who was unfairly slandered earlier this evening when in fact his behavior was beyond reproach. Unlike his sibling’s...

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3 Dec
I was reading a document the other day and halfway down, in the margins, @DrAlethaMaybank had commented on a sentence about equity with something like "This feels like an afterthought. Start with equity and the rest will fall into place." Those words keep coming back to me.
First of all, let's be honest - most of us think of equity as an add on and it shows in our work. Equity shows up in the secondary analyses, in the "additional thoughts" and the "future work" sections.
What if we really embodied the idea of starting out from a foundation of equity and building from there? Are we willing to actually embody that radical proposition in our every day work?
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30 Nov
Dr. David Reuben wrote in @JAMA_current about "sideline guilt" experienced by physicians not engaging in "hand-to-hand combat" with coronavirus. The piece is worth a read jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?d… but what really got me is one of the letters to the editor in response...
It's by a retired physician, Calvin Bruce. I'll quote it nearly in entirety, below.

"I am a family physician, 72 years old, 6 years retired after an episode of ill health from which I have recovered."
"So I have my health, food in the refrigerator, enough money in the bank, and a spouse who still puts up with me. The only hardship we face is that COVID-19 has kept us from seeing our far-flung children and grandchildren and forced us to socialize distantly with our friends."
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30 Nov
Our twins share a room and one likes space and the other likes cats so my husband is sending me a bunch of cat astronaut posters, which is a whole genre apparently
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29 Nov
As US hospitals make the necessary shuffle to accommodate the current wave, I would like to remind leadership about the study done on the psychological status of frontline hospital workers during NYC's spring Covid surge (thread).
As expected, many participants reported stress, anxiety, and depression. But the study also looked into *what* exactly made participants feel distressed. sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
This graph is showing % of participants who found these factors "highly distressing." Note in the work environment section (blue) the number of things that rank higher than patient deaths.
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28 Nov
In the past month many of my healthcare colleagues have taken non-clinical jobs to step out of this care environment. Wondering if others are seeing the same.
Lots of overlapping reasons: the constant stress & anxiety & uncertainty, risk to them and their families, pay reductions, burnout, feeling abandoned by the public, kids out of school, etc. The earlier camaraderie from the spring isn’t there as much and morale seems lower.
The flip side of our bed / staff shortages are that as wait times and crowding goes up, working conditions go down for healthcare staff. When you can’t work well, it’s very hard to sustain that work. nytimes.com/2020/11/27/hea…
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26 Nov
My church is not gathering for in-person worship, in excess of state mandates, to keep us all safe. It’s a blessing that our pastor cares about our whole being, spiritual and physical.
Some of the earliest superspreader events in the US were associated with churches (eg cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/6…) and actually were hugely instructive in understanding conditions that lead to transmission
When I think of who the avid church goers are - elderly folks, like my parents, who had a hard time letting go of church as they had never missed a week in nearly 50 years - it seems particularly important to protect these communities.
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