Wednesday, September 01, 2010


when i arrived home yesterday evening, i felt like a 9-year-old laptop computer -- slow, unreliable, and intermittently malfunctioning. my gums/teeth were throbbing from a painfully thorough dental cleaning, and i just didn't want to face the kitchen or my study materials.

i needed one long night of serious shutdown -- and i got my wish! approximately 10 hours of sleep later, i feel much better. my alarm was set for its usual wake-up call (5:00 am), so you can do the math regarding my indulgent (maybe slightly ridiculous) bedtime.

it worked! i feel like i went from this:

to this:

remember formspring?
remember the formspring craze? several months ago, these anonymous question-boards popped up all over the blogosphere, only to disappear just weeks later. i certainly participated in the trend, and found it interesting to see what questions people had when they knew no one could identify them.

last night, someone must have been perusing the archives, because two questions popped up out of the blue!

question #1: "How annoying are the teenagers? Does it irritate you to see a 16/17 year old when there are 2 year olds waiting?"

i actually like seeing teenagers -- more than 2-year-olds most of the time, anyway! during your average clinic appointment, teenager are much less likely to start bawling and throw a tantrum on the examination room floor, making it nearly impossible for mom to hear (or process) anything you might have to say to her.

no, in all seriousness, there are plenty of reasons to find various patients/parents annoying, but i try really hard to fight these instinctive negative feelings and instead at least attempt to see things from where they are coming from. that said, the patients who rub me the wrong way tend to be either ones who

a) don't want to hear what you have to say (ie, they have come here for a DIAGNOSIS and to have all of their problems SOLVED and if there doesn't seem to be an endocrine answer, then you have failed them)


b) don't seem to want to take responsibility for their child's health (letting your obese 4 year old continue to guzzle sweet tea OR allowing your 12 year old type 1 diabetic to live constantly on the edge of DKA are both forms of neglect, as far as i'm concerned).

so, in conclusion -- no, adolescents don't annoy me. after all, they are just as likely to have an endocrine issue that needs attention (perhaps more?) than your average 2 year old! also, luckily our clinics are staffed well enough that there doesn't tend to be a big buildup/backlog of waiting patients. that would happen with my primary care clinic all the time and it drove me crazy! nothing like walking into a patient room where mom is already pissed at you for having to wait with her brood of highly energetic toddlers for the past 60 minutes.

question #2: "Is it supposed to be possible to see your answers to formspring questions on formspring itself or are they always posted to your blog? At this point it seems to be impossible to see the answers on the website itself."

i think some people have it set up so that the writer can post answers on the page, but mine is not set up that way. i guess i figured if one person has that question, perhaps there are others wondering the same thing, so might as well write about it in a post!

anyone else have anything to throw into the formspring pot? looks like it still works!



workout: 35 minutes elliptical + 20 minutes full-body weights circuit

the dinner that wasn't: i snacked on some pita chips & hummus upon arriving home from the dentist's office only to find that the crunchy edges hurt my recently ravaged mouth.

i was going to get some TCBY and call it dinner, but even that proved to be too much hassle and i ended up passed out on the couch. on rare occasions, sleep > eating -- and i guess last night was just one of those nights!


  1. I never liked when patients would come in and want an immediate answer, just to be upset and frustrated when the doctors couldn't give them one after a simple exam or a test or two. While I definitely don't think all of our doctors knew exactly what they were doing all the time (uhh....), I've explained to many patients that medicine is sometimes more of an art than a science. At some points, it's nothing more than a guessing game. Granted, I never received medical training, but in my opinion you're taking a bunch of options and narrowing them down based on symptoms and test results...and that can't be perfect 100% of the time!

    I'm not sure that was related to your post...haha.

    Do you think it will ever get to the point where childhood obesity will be considered a form of neglect? I believe September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness (Prevention?) Month, so it's a bit fitting...

  2. Anonymous7:55 AM

    i'm so glad you got some sleep! i got 11 hours on friday night and it was glorious. sometimes sleep just is the answer for everything.

    and great answer to that question. it's something that i see all the time working at the free clinic. very frustrating indeed to have patients come in and just want meds to fix underlying problems that could be resolved with a little work. but do they listen to the docs? nope.

  3. Anonymous10:01 AM

    I hate getting my teeth cleaned but since my mom works at a dental office, she is always on my case about it. I don't know how they always manage to make my teeth hurt so much but I guess they figure out a way :-P. And I never seem to be flossing well enough (ok now I'm sounding bitter lol).

  4. I had one of those nights last night. I'm glad you were able to catch up on sleep and feel human again.

  5. The other night when I got home from work my family asked if I wanted to go out for ice cream. It's probably may favorite thing ever, but I so tired that I skipped out. You are right. Sometimes sleep trumps food. Glad you were able to get some good snooze time and recharge!