Mr. Joseph

Two days ago, I was standing in the middle of our street, greeting a neighbor: "Howdy Mr. Joseph!" "Hello Dr. Bruce!" We hugged one another. He shared some good news about his daughter...

The Gift

Bruce Leibert, M.D. Tough as leather.  Hard as nails.  Tough nut to crack. Mr. J. could be described by these colorful idioms.  He spent his life drinking, fighting, fuming, and fussing. And cussing.  “This...

The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness Christine Koch, M.D. It began as any other day – early morning hours at the hospital, reviewing nursing notes from the previous night, checking recent lab results and stepping...

ANONYMITY

Anonymity. When I go to the store, I prefer anonymity.  Sunglasses.  Sometimes a ball cap.  Our town is small and it is a chore to keep from being recognized and curb-sided… “Hey Doc!.” I...

Memory Care

“Remember that face.”  He snarled at me, casting a suspicious glance in my direction. He is 92 and adamantly refuses to use a walker, despite a feeble gait.  He coached high school...

CALLING ALL GIFTS

She is 15. She is perky and bright-eyed. And she can dance. She is a competitive dancer who represents Texas all over the country. She has a peptic ulcer. But, that...

Behind the Mask

 “Quick, everybody put on your masks.”  The photographer came into the classroom to take a yearbook picture.  The children rushed to snap their masks into place for fear of...

Dressing Down

DRESSING DOWN Bruce Leibert, M.D. During Holy Week, a friend and patient was emergently hospitalized for the first time in his life.  His supra-ventricular tachycardia (SVT) hit with a vengeance.  His pulse was...

Bad Pipes

At morning report this AM, I was about to share a thought about the Magi.  Instead, I ended up standing in a pool of sewer water.  As we were working to...

LET LOOSE THE RADIATION

LET LOOSE THE RADIATION! She was 60 years old.  She weighed 87 pounds.  She looked her stated weight. Grave’s Disease had reduced her to a skeleton.   She had resisted any form of treatment. ...

Clinic Research

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Abstract In 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline registered 10,949 sex and labor human trafficking (HT) cases. Most HT...

Postpartum Blues

Case Report