Dermatology of East Texas Blog

  1. Twenty Push Ups

    I stared down at my splayed fingers, firmly positioned on a blue green yoga matt swirling with inspirational print motifs. My toes gripping, and my abdomen and chest firmly planked, I slowly lowered myself down and back up, feeling the burn begin in my shoulders, arms, and wrists. These are your standard variety push-ups, not “girl” push-ups as my husband...
  2. Lessons from My Giant Family

    Like many of you, my husband and I have seen scheduled vacations fade from view before even an iPhone image could be snapped.  We were no longer even considering the exotic trip to Portugal or some other far away destination snickering at us from a glossy travel brochure; what we were aching for was to see our children and family...
  3. MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

    Moving in the Right Direction It was a crisp but cloudless morning on February 24t, 2020. The previous night had been complete with the tossing and turning that generally accompanies any endeavor with which I am not in 100% control of. I did what I normally do in these situations: set my prayer table aglow and counted on having assembled...
  4. Kintsugi and 2020

    I always thought of 2020 as some version of perfect. If you had 20/20 vision, you could see perfectly from both eyes, with no need for spectacles or contacts. Ah, if only the world was so simple, and we all were just perfect and didn’t need any adjusting. As the years have passed, my once 20/20 vision is now corrected...
  5. Lemons and Love

    The white cardboard, rectangular package was, as always, wrapped with an excessive amount of packing tape, and was thus readily identifiable as a package sent to me by my mother. She is known for her elaborate use of materials to “ensure the safe passage” of whatever it is she is sending my way. I chided her about this once, that...
  6. 2020 and Resilience

    The inky black sky wept with a soft rain, the drops echoing a melody of sameness that was comforting in its consistency. We need the rain. As usual, I am awake well before the dawn; my inner clock ticks loudly between the hours of three and five AM, shaking my brain from the dullness of sleep. I have learned not...
  7. Happy October

    Happy October! As many of you are now aware, we are in the process of building out a new office space. My evenings and weekends are filled with reviewing electrical, IT, plumbing, and architectural drawings. (This was NOT taught in medical school!) It’s exciting and nerve wracking at the same time Thank you for your input as well about what...
  8. "A ship in harbor is safe. But that's not why ships are built"

    This fortune (yes, it came from a cookie) is taped to the bookcase above my desk.  Let me first say I do not live and die by small strips of paper that wind their way through the food chain to my plate but I have been known to corner a few of the most prophetic, including the one that recommended...
  9. Flight, and Other Expressions of Faith

    The evening sunshine is dancing across the tops of my rose bushes, a welcomed sight after so many days of rain. Blushing petals pushed by the weight of the droplets still thrust their majestic glory up into the atmosphere, refusing to subside despite the whispers that summer has slipped past us. My rocking chair is nestled in a screened in...
  10. Happy August!

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation As many of you know, I am a voracious reader, both of dermatology literature and non-work-related writings (entertainment and informative in other areas).  More and more articles appearing in our physician related literature are focusing on physician burnout.  Apparently, we are dropping like flies to excessive workloads, government hassle, corporate takeovers, and threats from...

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