WPC Pulse: May 2020

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How’s your patience holding up? Mine is running a bit thin, and it’s hard to hear this pandemic might go on another year before it’s “over.” My heart goes out to those who live alone and rarely go out. And we lift up in prayer those on the frontlines working endlessly to save as many as they can. We must also include those who have no work and fearing the future, hoping it might improve soon.

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WPC Pulse: April 2020

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Last week I came home from the office, still needing to chart, needing to be on a Zoom meeting and seeing SO many emails in my inbox from every hospital and medical organization I belong to, telling more about TODAY’s COVID-19 changes in what we should be doing and worrying about. I was overwhelmed!

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WPC Pulse: March 2020

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I don’t know about you, but the only thing in all my conversations, whether it be at work, home or with friends and family, is about COVID-19. As I’m winging my way across country from San Francisco International Airport to Raleigh to visit my new grandson, who was born March 10, am I possibly bringing the virus with me?

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WPC Pulse: February 2020

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My roses bring forth their last straggly bloom right around Thanksgiving, but already, in Northern California, by mid-January, they have what we call growing points, tiny buds on old stalks. Time to prune! My good friend Lana gave me a new purple (her favorite color) rose to plant in honor of my mom. It already has growing buds.

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WPC Pulse: January 2020

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It reminds me of how I need to keep growing in my faith, to let the Holy Spirit show me what stands in the way of hearing His voice and letting His fruit be more and more evident in my life. As I think of my New Year Resolution ( I keep having the same one each year because of lack of progress—to arrive early to events, not five minutes late) or my words for the year (release and receive), it brings me to God’s Word and how Jesus handled a very busy schedule.

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WPC Pulse: December 2019

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As we gather with families over Christmas and start out the New Year, I think of God the Father who “let His wrath go” that we deserve for our sin and sent His Son Jesus to take that wrath upon Himself. I think of the many people He met in his three years of ministry where He let things go, like with the Samaritan woman, the woman caught in adultery or the prostitute who washed His feet with her hair.

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WPC Pulse: November 2019

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How are you doing on your bucket list? Do you even have one? Rafting the Grand Canyon wasn’t really on mine, but when my brother organized a group starting two years ago, I thought I should add it. Now after having survived Crystal and Lava Falls rapids, spending15 nights sleeping out under the stars, three nights with fine sand blowing on us in gale force winds, which seeped into everything, and squatting into the river to pee, one gets stretched into learning the lessons from the Canyon.

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WPC Pulse: October 2019

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When you read this, I will most likely be rafting down and hiking the Grand Canyon with my two brothers, sister-in-law and a couple of friends. My brother organized this trip a year and a half ago, and now we’re really doing it. Pray we all make it out alive!

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WPC Pulse: September 2019

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How was your summer? It’s hard to believe school is back in session. It seems like there was more road construction traffic during the summer on my way to work than school traffic now! We spent a lot of time in traffic driving to Lake Tahoe for long weekends to the Bavarian Chalet (not Swiss, mind you, she’s next door!) my parents built in the 1980s.

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WPC Pulse: August 2019

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How’s your balance? I started a “senior yoga” at my fitness club which is basically a stretch and core strengthening class. I really needed it! It helped me get over the muscle spasm left over from my spinal surgery last fall. One of the exercises is to stand on one leg and move the other leg to the front and the side, back and forth. AND THEN, reach down and touch my foot! Needless to say, the instructor keeps reminding us, if you are losing your balance, just put your foot down. It’s definitely a good core builder!

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WPC Pulse: July 2019

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Summer is a time for me of mixed emotions. I love the less hectic schedule at work although it’s crammed with yearly check-ups that can take more time than expected when issues come up. But I love seeing the college kids and find out how life is going for them. I’m always impressed when the guys still want to see a women physician.

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WPC Pulse: June 2019

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When was the last time you received an invitation? We first moved back to California when I was starting my internship year with a 1-year-old child. We attended a local church. The preaching and music were good, but we never really connected. I felt judged for being a working mom. We moved on to another church in Berkeley with more working women.

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WPC Pulse: May 2019

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I have to admit, I didn’t go for years because it’s such a long journey across the country and I promised myself to never fly a night flight again. My schedule dictated I had to this time. I never really caught up on my sleep, but there were so many good things happening at the conference that I stayed awake through it all.

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WPC Pulse: April 2019

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I had to put my faith into action the day before we were leaving for our GHO trip to the Ukraine. While at work I started feeling VERY achy and registered a fever of 101. (Flu neg-whew) I had a full day of patients scheduled the next day and we were leaving that night.

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WPC Pulse: March 2019

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I know God was calling me to be brave and serve
for many years, but I was petrified, feeling like I
wouldn’t know what all the diseases were that I
would for sure see. But finally an opportunity
surfaced to go with Samaritan’s Purse over the
Thanksgiving break to Honduras in 1998, a year
after Hurricane Mitch.

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WPC Pulse: February 2019

A long time ago (like 30 years ago!) my husband and I took a two-year Bethel class that uses strange pictures to teach the themes of the Bible. The lessons each week were very memorable since they included several important ideas for that week conglomerated into a picture that would help you remember.

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WPC Pulse: January 2019

Over the holidays I was with my sister-in-law who is a puzzle lover. They had received a very challenging puzzle from their daughter of an underwater scene that my brother had taken while scuba diving. I’m not much of a puzzler since it feels like a lot of time I could be doing something else. I really struggled to stay with it and only preferred to work on the bright colors that were easier to piece together.

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WPC Pulse: December 2018

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I don’t know about you, but I have always been a
victim of my expectations. And the holidays can
leave me disappointed when I want things to go
my way and they don’t. When my kids don’t come
home, I just want it to be over and move on to
New Year resolutions that tell me to have no
expectations next year.

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WPC Pulse: November 2018

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In my month off from work after spinal surgery, my daily Bible reading took me through the book of 1 Kings and the prophet Elijah. After his glorious demonstration of God’s power and might on Mt. Carmel, he spiraled down into discouragement and a pity party.

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WPC Pulse: October 2018

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I’m very excited to assume the position of Chair for Women Physicians in Christ—and overwhelmed! When I was first asked to chair an ad hoc committee to explore the needs of women in CMDA in 1992, I never dreamed it would become such a wonderful group of women who care so much for each other.

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WPC Pulse: September 2018

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A highlight of the WPC year is our annual
conference where women physicians and dentists
of all life stages come together to improve their
medical knowledge and worship the Lord. The
integration of faith and work at this event makes it
unique, and the women who attend make it
special. Friendships develop and deepen as we
share experiences of life together.

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WPC Pulse: August 2018

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A number of years ago I purchased a Cocker
Spaniel puppy to help distract and entertain some
children I was caring for while their mother was
dying of cancer. We named him Cappuccino, as
he was buff-colored. The kids had a great time
playing with Cappy, who was adorable, but he had
multiple health issues over his lifetime of 12 years.

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WPC Pulse: July 2018

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This summer has been oppressively hot. My husband Andy and I had to cancel a week-long trip to Colorado to be adult guests at a Young Life camp in the mountains because Maddie, our Brittany dog, decided it was time.

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WPC Pulse: June 2018

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When was the last time you asked yourself “What kind of doctor do I want to be?” I don’t mean what specialty or what branch of medicine in which you desire to practice, but what kind of doctor do you really want to be? Many of us chose our specialty early in our medical school days, or even before medical school started.

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WPC Pulse: May 2018

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My husband is convinced that if even one person in a group outdoor activity does not come prepared for inclement weather, then bad weather will occur. For example, if all are prepared with rain gear, then it won’t rain. But if even one person forgets the rain gear, then there will be rain. I think CMDA staff may have decided to adopt this philosophy because this year the attendee gift for the CMDA National Convention was an umbrella with a flashlight built into the shaft. Historical data would show this to be a tremendously useful gift for this meeting.

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WPC Pulse: April 2018

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I had my annual physical recently, having called for an appointment last fall. She has been my doctor for more than 30 years and caught my colon cancer early so I’m still here today. Much to my surprise, she ordered several tests. Each test precipitated a referral to another specialist because they were abnormal. My appointment book is filled with doctor visits up the wazoo!

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WPC Pulse: March 2018

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We all face fear. Sometimes we are not even aware that we are experiencing fear. It may be subconscious, but show up in the way we handle conflict or difficult situations. Or, in the way that we avoid certain situations or challenging conversations.

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WPC Pulse: February 2018

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How do you respond when the mistakes of someone else cause you injury or do harm to a loved one? I have faced this twice this last week on a ski trip.

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WPC Pulse: January 2018

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January is back, with its dark, dreary days, cold temperatures and influenza in epidemic proportions (or so it seems). Every news station is talking about the flu and its increase in cases over last year at this time. No one seems to remember or mention that we had a late flu season last year and the total number of cases for the season may be no different than recent years.

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WPC Pulse: October 2015

WPC Pulse: October 2015

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Too much to do and too little time? Are you having trouble concentrating or even remembering things because you are so busy with life? I am sure you can answer yes to one or more of these questions because most people that I encounter these days, especially physicians, are overwhelmed. You may be overwhelmed with the office, EMR, family, church responsibilities or a combination of them all.

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