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Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor

Specialty: Family Medicine
Small Town, Washington
Writing about the practice of 21st century country medicine from the heart of logging and farming country in Washington State
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A Tale of Two Brothers, Vol II by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Previously I wrote of two brothers with very similar diagnoses who took two very different paths.  Both with classic Generalized Anxiety Disorder and intermittently affected ... Read on »
Running Out of Town by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Packing up and heading out of town for a week today.  My first week off for vacation in a year (we won't count the week I took off last November when my daughter was hospita ... Read on »
To Sell or Not To Sell by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Last night my remaining partner and I were approached informally by the CMO of the small critical access hospital in our area.  A close personal friend of ours, he heard abo ... Read on »
Time to Go by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A follow up from my last blog post on a home visit that touched me as well as the family I went to see.  After I left the home the frail man with end stage COPD he was in go ... Read on »
Giving Back by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Being a small town family doctor demands a lot from an individual.  The time, energy, frustrations, heartaches, headaches, and other struggles for many go far beyond any mon ... Read on »
Baby Story by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Mom's love to share the tale of how they came to have their baby.  Even if I was the one doing the delivery it's almost guaranteed at the first well child visit mom will re- ... Read on »
Wanted: Rural Health Care Provider by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Wanted:  Part time to full time rural health care provider.  You will be underpaid by insurance companies and even more so by the government.  Specialist colleagues will lik ... Read on »
Crushed by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The morning seemed benign enough.  A little of this and a little of that, it was all good.  Looking forward to the afternoon I could see a couple of challenges along the way ... Read on »
A Special Admission by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The note on my desk read, "Please call nursing home administrator, re:  a special admission".  Occasionally I'll receive a phone call from the admissions director at the ... Read on »
A Teenage Crossroad by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I looked at the 17 year old young man sitting at the exam table and paused in silence as I thought about the ten minutes we just spent talking about his life since he droppe ... Read on »
You're Right, I'm Wrong by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The second year, soon-to-be third year resident, said she was nervous about the fetal heart tracing. It just wasn't very reactive. She admitted there weren't any obviously o ... Read on »
Job Change? by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It would be the unusual situation to never have a moment of, "I wonder if the grass is greener..." I think I'm having mine today. It's a rounding weekend for me with the ... Read on »
The Marathon by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It's been a couple of weeks since my last blog post and I must admit my attention has been turned to things other than medicine as of late. If you've read this blog in the p ... Read on »
State Academy by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Several months ago I received an email from my state academy looking for family physicians from my area to serve as a delegate at the annual state meeting. Despite our regio ... Read on »
Mother's Day by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Today on Mother's Day I wanted to write about one of my patients who I've been thinking about since she came into the office earlier this week. She is a mother to two grown ... Read on »
Envelope Size by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My bride-to-be brought the envelope fairly casually across the parking lot back to our 550 sq. ft. one bedroom apartment at the time to hand deliver it to me. It was from a ... Read on »
The Pictures by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It's because I'm in the pictures. She came into Labor and Delivery at a reasonable enough hour--9:30am. She seemed to be in good hard labor with her cervix at 3cm an ... Read on »
A Pat on the Back by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The first year resident was clearly anxious about the patient in front of her. We just delivered her a few hours earlier and she felt she was bleeding more than she should b ... Read on »
Curiosity by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm aware some of those who glance at these posts from time to time are doctors in training at various levels from pre-medical students, to undergraduate medical students, t ... Read on »
Mixing Metaphors by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine To mix my metaphors lately I've been questioning why I'm beating my head against a while fighting an uphill battle instead of just taking the path of least resistance. I ... Read on »