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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 Rash of Firings by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'll go months without dismissing or firing a patient from my practice. I've had three this week, and it's enough to make me step back and ask, "Is it me?" The first pat ... Read on »
How Health Care Should Work by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Received a page last night from an ER doc at the community/referral hospital I maintain privileges at in addition to the small critical access hospital I attend. A patient of ... Read on »
Living to Complain by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Saw an old crusty man in his mid 70's today who had nothing good to say and just bitched and moaned about the three medications I put him on last year after he had a TIA. He d ... Read on »
"I Hate to Ask You, But..." by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Usually when I hear a patient ask me this question I brace for a request for some controlled substance, or to see their train wreck of a family member, or worse yet, to fill o ... Read on »
Hero vs. Quack by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are definitely times in my job in which I have the feeling, "I made a difference today." Then there are those time when I ask myself, "Could I be any more of a quack?" ... Read on »
Wrapping up Gut Instinct and Too Much Information by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A reader recently commented on my post "Too Much Information", "So...what's the outcome? Can't help but wonder.By the way, I really enjoy your writing! Thanks for sharing your ... Read on »
Influenza Complications Get Personal by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My six year old had a classic case of influenza along with every other member of the household, save me who received vaccine. She had an abrupt onset of a fever, cough, fati ... Read on »
Sick of Flu by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I made it through the week and a half or so it takes for the H1N1 influenza vaccine to take hold, but the flu has still taken quite a toll on me. Normally I refer to this ... Read on »
Flu, Flu, Flu by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It is all the buzz lately, so I thought I should probably jot down a few notes on what has been going on out here. Like many areas, people with influenza like illness are ... Read on »
Don't Try This At Home by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In medical school and residency we are frequently reminded to be compassionate and empathetic in our patient encounters. Be a good listener and don't rush to judgement are fr ... Read on »
The Health Fair by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Spent Saturday representing our office at the area health fair held at the county fairgrounds. Forty of so "vendors" from various medical offices, health agencies, or hospita ... Read on »
The Cycle Continues Epilogue by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A final update on the post, "The Cycle Continues". In this sad race the baby arrived in this world four hours before the young woman left it. The baby was delivered in a roo ... Read on »
Gut Instinct by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It's hard to say what we often refer to as gut instinct really is. Is it some type of paranormal sixth sense, or perhaps it's just a subconscious collection of past experienc ... Read on »
The Cycle Continues by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On call this weekend and find myself bouncing between the ICU and L&D today. Upstairs is a woman in her early thirties dying from the alcohol and tylenol she used to heal the ... Read on »
Reality vs. Fantasy Update...Reality in the Lead by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Munching on some of my favorite freshly smoked salmon my retired office manager brought by the office today I thought I'd offer an update on a patient I recently wrote about ... Read on »
The Reunion by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A couple of months back I posted on some internal struggles I had over whether or not to attend my 20 year high school reunion. Many offered helpful comments on this conflict ... Read on »
My Desk by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I found myself rummaging through my desk this morning looking for the combination to the office safe and I realized the disordered content of the desk likely reflected its own ... Read on »
Too Much Information? by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Obstetrical patient at 36 weeks and she's not measuring as much as I would expect. I think it may be because the baby is transverse instead of head down, but I'm not sure. I ... Read on »
The Death of Santa Claus by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The ache in my tooth just having returned from the dentist was nothing compared to the pang in my stomach as I walked into my practice Monday morning. There on my desk waitin ... Read on »
Family Pictures by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine If you ever have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or nursing home make sure they have pictures in their room. Made monthly rounds at our local care facility and ... Read on »