Sunday, March 14, 2010


I did it. I started a new blog. I hope you'll follow me there and continue reading. I will TRY to be more diligent in my posts.


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Time for a new blog???

I started this blog at the beginning of residency (June 2005). I am no longer a resident and have not posted here since April 2009.

Is it time for a new blog? There is a new little girl due to arrive on or around July 12th that will SURELY need her own space.

I still get an occasional email from medical students interested in Med/Peds as a career path and I ALWAYS welcome questions. So I will likely keep this site up, even if it is inactive.

I am now working in Palliative Medicine and as an adult hospitalist, so I could always talk about that.

Is anyone still reading this? Anyone have any thoughts?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Monday, April 06, 2009

I know, I know...

Yes, it's been since November since I last posted.  But I've been busy!  There's been too much that has happened to remember ALL of it, so we'll just leave it at this:  Life has continued moving forward and here I am.

So we're on vacation.  Beth and I.  Just the 2 of us.  We have THE MOST GRACIOUS HOSTS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!  Friends of Beth's parents from college live in Anaheim and have been letting us stay with then since our arrival Thursday night.  Gene arranged for us a rent car AT NO COST, and then they bought our dinner Friday night in Laguna Beach.  We will NEVER be able to say thank you enough.

To rewind just a bit, February 26th, I was in a car accident.  I was making a U-turn and the first2 of 3 lanes of traffic stopped to let me turn (traffic was slow and backed up).  There was NO ONE IN THE THIRD LANE...

UNTIL I WAS 2/3 into my U-Turn and then BAM!  I hit the driver's side back door of a mini-van.  Of course it was (arguably) my fault.  She had the right-of-way, but she WASN'T THERE when I start that turn.

Anyway, I just got my car back THURSDAY April 2nd!  It looks GREAT and the reason you pay for car insurance every month is because $7200 worth of damage and 30 days of a rent car cost you a $500 deductible.  The body shop picked up the additional rent car days (insurance only pays for 30 days) because "they wanted the work done right"  I think it's because the DRAGGED their DANG FEET for 5 WEEKS and knew there was NO WAY I was going to pay for those extra days.

It's like my mom said, after 3 weeks of paying for a rent car while Beth's car was in the shop, and then driving a rent car for ANOTHER 5 weeks while mine was being fixed,  5 days of a free car while on vacation made all those weeks just a little easier to take.

I am currently enjoying vacation in the land of nuts and fruits (and I don't mean the people). Ha Ha!  There are pictures posted on my Facebook page.  Maybe you can see some of them by following this link.   Or this one.  Then there's this one to see, too.  I'll try them out in a minute to see if they work.  Chances are, if you're reading this and the links are still there, they work.

Tomorrow is more L.A. and maybe the Long Beach Aquarium at the suggestion of Kalith.  Tuesday we are back to Houston and then Wednesday morning I leave for Lubbock to meet with my future employers and to see the Daltons and my sister and her family.

I have LESS THAN 3 months of residency left.  My last day of work before vacation last week was my last day of Internal Medicine Rotations.  The last 3 months are Pediatrics.  I am going to try to Moonlight in June and save up enough money that I don't have to work in July or August before starting my new job September 1st.

There are some exciting and not so exciting things on my To Do List:
1. Finish Neuro stuff for Internal Medicine
2. START ACTIVELY studying for my Internal Medicine Boards Aug. 24th

LATE ADDITION: We're going to see RENT in Dallas with GREAT Friends in May.  We're TOO EXCITED!!!  Anthony and Adam are playing the roles they originated on Broadway; Mark and Roger, respectively.

4. Move to Lubbock
5. STUDY for my boards
6. Vacation with Beth's family in August
8. Take my boards
9. Start work

There is one cool thing coming up that I hope I can work into the plans.  Some of the Tech Choir Alum have decided to put together a reunion weekend for those that studied under Dr. Kenneth Davis.  This includes world-renown opera stars, Broadway leads, and doctors like me.  (Actually, I am one of 2 M.D.s that I know of that sang in Choir.)  There are lawyers and mothers and nurses and teachers and computer people, and well, you get the idea.

I think it's GREAT!  I haven't seem some of the people in 10-15 years!!!

There's just one problem.  The reunion is scheduled for 2 days AFTER I START working foro Covenant.  I'm not quite sure how I'm going to start work for 2 days and then ask for 2 days off.  The reunion is scheduled for a Thursday morning through Sunday night.  I am assuming that we're going to learn some music and present a concert, but I haven't heard any definite plans, yet.

So we'll see.

I'll keep you posted.  And let's face it.  It may take me that long before I post here again anyway!

Life is good right now.  The time away has been much needed and much enjoyed.

We are starting to say so long to Houston.  It is a bitter sweet time for us as we have made (hopefully) lifelong friendships that we're going to have to put some distance between.  But we are excited about the challenges ahead.  Beth is excited about her retirement (which happens to coincide with her 3_ birthday and my last day of residency.

These are thoughts best saved for another day.

If you know someone who wants to buy my house, DROP ME A LINE!!!!

Before I go,  there are a few folks that need prayers.  Some I know well, others are friends/family of friends, but I (they) covet your prayers none the less:  Christi, Jason, Tom, Adam, Eric L.'s dad are all fighting demons of sickness.  My sister's friend's home burned to the ground this last week.  It was a family home built in the early 1900s, and they lost everything.  No one was harmed, but they must start over, literally, from scratch.  I know there are others that at the moment are slipping the mind, those without jobs, those drowning in debt, those mourning the loss of loved ones, those STILL trying to recover from Hurricane IKE.  Keep these mentioned in your prayers.  Thanks.

Because of His grace,


Sunday, November 09, 2008

I bleed Raider Red

I may have said this last post, but I have been a Texas Tech Red Raider fan since 1995, my freshman year.

I have never been more proud!  Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, I bleed Texas Tech.  These guys have poured their soul into this season and have been rewarded with a 10-0 season.  Graham Harrell is on pace to win the Heisman and I hope that Michael Crabtree gets to accompany him on the trip.

3 more games to go to get to Florida.  ou is next, but...

I believe.

Sorry to the Nuthmans and Pembletons (Courtney at least), but I believe Tech will be victorious in 13 days and prove once and for all that Mike Leach is a genius and put together one of the most talented group of young men this country has ever seen.

GO TECH!!!!!!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A Night to Remember: Wreck 'em Tech!!

There is no way that I can let this day pass without blogging about the greatest football game I've ever watched.  I will watch the last 1:29 for the rest of my life and smile.  I will remember standing in my living room, heartbroken, that after watching Tech DOMINATE Texas in every single category all night long, a late surge by one of the best quarterbacks in the country was going to leave Tech short one more time.  I've been there before, many times.  So close, yet so far away.

But I am a true fan.  And I believe.

I knew 1:29 was enough time for Tech to march down the field and score.  We'd done it 10 previous times this season.  Why should tonight be any different?  I was a bit nervous that we were out of gas.  We had certainly left it all on the field.  But I believed.

How could I not?   We have arguably the best quarterback/wide receiver combination in the country.  Of course the winning drive/touchdown was going to involve them both.  Mike Leach wasn't going to trust this fate to our "stellar" kicking team (sorry Matt Williams (I know you're REALLY new at this) and Donnie Carona, but seriously guys. kick. ball. through. uprights.).

And then that throw, catch, and touchdown that I will remember for a lifetime.  It capitalized, highlighted and symbolized a changing of the tide.  Tech CAN will the big one.  We CAN hold on and not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Our gauntlet is just beginning.  OSU will be tough, but they're very similar to Texas, and they haven't won in Lubbock in many years.  Thankfully, we have a week off to prepare for OU in Norman.

Last, but certainly not least, the Big 12 Championship game.

I just saw that we're #2 in the BCS.  With our strength of schedule, if we win out, we play for the National Championship.

Miami, here we come.  

Remember, I believe.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Financial Peace...almost

Anyone who has been is the same room with either me or Beth in the last 7 months has heard us talk about Dave Ramsey and his Financial Peace University.  Well, thank God for Dave.  I mean that.  2 weeks ago we took Beth's car in for an oil change and front end alignment.  4 days later, we noticed an oil spot in the driveway.  Come to find out that the cooling system was mixing with the engine oil and overflowing.

Unplanned car repair: $430

Thanks to Dave Ramsey Emergency Fund: $1000

Not fighting or worrying about where the car repair money was going to come from AND not having to pay some stupid credit card company even more in interest:  PRICELESS

The other thing I did today was stop the RIDICULOUS amount of credit card offers that come from the credit card companies.  It's EASY.  Take 5 minutes and go to this website.  Answer a few questions, print the form out, sign it, and then mail it in.  All that junk mail will STOP!  Yea!!!  I also called my credit card company to get them stop sending those dumb convenience checks.  That took less than 5 minutes and I did something positive for the environment.

I say "almost" in the title of this blog because we still have one credit card bill and my car left to pay off before we are debt free.  Yes, I'm ignoring my Medical School debt for now.  Wouldn't you?  But once the credit card and car are paid, we are essentially debt free.  But Beth and I have found peace about money in our marriage.  We still argue, but not about money.

Monday, September 15, 2008


I just read my wife's blog and thought I would put my thoughts down on paper as well. It was actually suggested by one of the guys from church that spent the night with us at the church last night. I believe that he is right. We should record our thoughts, now, in the moment, because 6 months from now, we won't remember how we feel.

So my Ramblings are as follows:

My dad was right (he'll LOVE me putting that in writing), I didn't take this storm serious enough and I had no idea that I wasn't prepared.

Looking back, I'm not sure I could have been prepared until I went through it once. Perhaps, it was the near-miss of Rita that left me somewhat apathetic. I never have been the type of person to get excited when there's bad weather. I grew up in Tornado Alley and we practiced tornado drills in school where we would line up in the halls, hunched over, with our hands over our heads facing the wall. I think thunder storms are cool and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to sleep through rain.

Yes, I knew there was a hurricane coming. Yes, if I had lived on Galveston Island, I WOULD HAVE LEFT ON WEDNESDAY 3 FULL DAYS AHEAD OF LANDFALL. Yes, I THINK PEOPLE WERE COMPLETELY IDIOTIC TO NOT HAVE LEFT! But I live 45 miles from the coast. How bad could it be? Right?

I was wrong, Dad was right. (there, I've said it twice, Dad.)

I am very glad that we left. I would have been fine hunkering down in our house. But Beth was nervous and wanted to leave. Our neighbors talk about how the wind was HOWLING; SCREAMING; Siren-like. I'm sure that would have freaked even me out, the guy who wasn't nervous. Beth probably would have divorced me. OK, I'm kidding, almost.

The other reason that I didn't worry too much was I had no idea what it means to lose power. Sure, we've all been without power for a few hours when a bad storm rolls in or when a car hits the electrical pole. But the house stays cool, the food doesn't spoil, and you can check your email that night before you go to bed.

After this weekend, I understand what it is like to not have power for DAYS. We lost power about 3:30 a.m. Saturday a.m. September 13th. It's now 4:00 p.m., 60 hours later, and I still don't have a home with power. Yes, I slept at the church last night on an air mattress in the a/c, but my home is without power. The food in the fridge was spoiled 24 hours ago and thrown away. I can't wash clothes, cook a meal, watch tv OR check my email (he says with sarcasm).

After fleeing the storm and spending a mostly sleepless night in an apartment with no a/c that was literally suffocating, I can home, unpacked, packed again, and spent another night away from my home against my wishes. This is not vacation. It's not taking a trip and being glad to be home. It's forced evacuation. There is angst, separation, and the anxiety of uncertainty lingering in the air. There's a sense of sadness and the realization that you're never going to be quite the same again. And I've basically lost nothing. Believe me, I am very much aware that there are MANY people who have suffered and who will suffer far more than me. My cousin, JNM, who's not really my cousin (his grandmother and my grandmother were sisters) has (maybe had) a house on the west end of the island. He can't even get there to see if anything's left. I don't even pretend to imagine what he or the others of Galveston Island et al. will endure in the coming weeks and months as they pick up the pieces and try to move on with their lives.

It's like we all felt post 9/11/2001, or how you feel after someone close to you dies. You're never the same. You have to learn to live in the new reality. The reality of a parent being gone, or a nation and it's citizens attacked. It's why the motto for 9/11 is "Never Forget." Someone much wiser than me once said, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it."

So that's how I feel now. I am learning to live in this new reality. The new reality of having lived through a Category 2 (almost 3) Hurricane that has done millions of dollars worth of damage. My dad and his wife came to visit recently. We went to the Kemah Boardwalk for sea food. Kemah is gone. The restaurants are shells of buildings. The ferris wheel and Merry-Go-Round will have to be completely replaced. Kemah last year was the 6th most visited place in Texas. It will be months, perhaps YEARS, before people can enjoy it again. There is hardly a fence left standing in my neighborhood and most of the cities south of Houston proper. How we managed to escape with only one section coming apart (and I think we can simply nail it back together) is beyond me. Yesterday, we threw away at least $100, maybe more, of food. We almost couldn't get to our house yesterday because the streets were flooded and there are so much debris on the roads that it made them unsafe to travel.

Another bad thing about hurricanes is the anticipation of impending doom. With a tornado, you have 5, maybe 10 minutes warning. We were able to "get ready" for Ike for DAYS, almost one full WEEK. So your mind plays games on you. You get anxious. "Do I stay or do I go." And we all know that the media LOVES a story!!! It's ALL THEY HAVE TALKED ABOUT FOR DAYS. And now that the storm is gone and done its damage, it's all they CONTINUE to talk about. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since Wednesday or Thursday of LAST WEEK.

And while Beth and I were fortunate, I guess we didn't escape completely unscathed. The church has suffered a significant amount of damage and we spent about 4 hours trying to clean up. It will likely be 4-6 weeks before we are able to worship in the auditorium again. But our congregation is a pilar of faith. I dare you to find a group of people who love the Lord and serve him unfailing more than these folks. There are many who are equal, but none who are more. Their committment to the love of Jesus Christ and his people astounds me.

So let the return to our "new normal" begin. Beth and I are back at work and there's nothing that screams more normal than that. The power will be turned back on, whether it's tonight or next week. And 6 months from now, I'll have to come back here and read this to attempt to remember how I feel.

I guess that's why I started this blog more than 3 years ago. Because we forget the further from the "whatever" we get.

Thanks for letting me ramble (even though it is MY blog) and thanks for reading.

Because of His grace,