The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

Unfinished Business

Another patient of mine died. He was more mentally ill than physically ill so this came as quite a shock.  With his share of physical issues but healthy enough to … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment


He used to be intelligent. I have heard family members, friends and nursing staff utter this phrase, while shaking their head slowly.  At different facilities, patients of mine are referred … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Here and Now

The population I serve is mostly in their 80’s or 90’s.  And most have been given a diagnosis of Senile Dementia, indicating late onset, with a possible add-on of Complications … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Snapshot of an SNF (skilled nursing facility)

“I was going to sit with my sister and eat my lunch but I can’t.  Because of the smell.” The administrator attempted to reassure her that the mess was being … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s easy to fall into the trap.  One minute you are sharing ideas from a Portuguese poet-philosopher and the next you are bitching about your daily commute. To me it … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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