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the patient caregiver…

the patient caregiver…

I have mentioned this before, but being a patient who is also a caregiver is one of the more capricious dichotomies of my life. I certainly never expected to be a patient at this age, and I hoped for a couple of decades before I would become a caregiver. When I talk with other caregivers (who are usually my mom’s age, taking care of their parents who are my grandmother’s age),  they often tell me that caregiving is a gift…

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emotional intelligence 101…

emotional intelligence 101…

My mom was in town last week. You may remember from previous posts that my mom was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease in October, 2015, and comes to stay with me every month to participate in an ongoing clinical trial for a new experimental drug. It’s astonishing to think that we have been doing this for well over a year now. When we first began the clinical trial, she could walk on her own, although very unstable. She could read,…

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round two…

round two…

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that for the past six months I have helped to take care of my mom part-time. She was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a degenerative brain disease in the Parkinson’s family, last October after years of showing symptoms. Six months ago, my mom was accepted into a drug study at UCSD for a new drug currently undergoing clinical trials. The study was originally for 7 months, and at this…

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mutual assured destruction…

mutual assured destruction…

Lately I enjoy listening to podcasts on my way to and from work. It all started with the “Serial” podcast, but after I finished seasons 1 and 2, I found I missed having intellectual stimulation during my commute. Upon the recommendation from a friend, I discovered a few podcasts that I have come to love. One such podcast discusses short history topics. Recently I listened to an episode on mutual assured destruction – or M.A.D. – that got me thinking. Mutual…

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job interview…

job interview…

Recently a friend and I were discussing job interviews and the ridiculous questions asked during such interviews, such as being asked to list your weaknesses.  Just once, I’d love to hear someone answer honestly, like “I’m incredibly lazy”, or “I don’t work well with others because I’m mean and I smell funny.” However, the common strategy is to present weaknesses that can be turned into strengths, such as “I’m too dedicated to my work”. This conversation sparked thoughts about weakness on…

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