Playing First Base for the Yankees

“Have I told you what I’ll be doing after I die?” she asked me. “No,” I replied. “In the afternoons I’ll be playing first base for the Yankees and in the evenings I’ll be first violinist for the Philharmonic Orchestra.” “That sounds pretty wonderful,” I said. “What will you do in the mornings?” “I’m not … Continued

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There Are Alternatives to Nursing Homes

My mother made me promise that I would never force her to live in a nursing home.  Years before, she made the same promise to her mother.  I grew up with the perception that nursing homes are sad, lonely places where old or sick people were deposited when they had no one to take care … Continued

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Jack Fell Down

The following is a story I wrote a few years back, when I was still practicing as an ER doctor. Clearly, the palliative care/hospice perspective was coming through even then. Last night I helped a family make a very difficult decision.  It was obviously the hardest decision they had ever made, and it was my … Continued

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