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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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Rebelling by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm preparing to be an office rebel. I'm going to start doing something so crazy, so wild, so extreme it may shake our practice to its very foundation. I'm going to start e-ma ... Read on »
Wounded on Multiple Levels by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "So your chest hurts you because someone hit you with a cane?" I repeated back to the twenty year old patient sitting in front of me. "Yeah, it was about a week ago, but i ... Read on »
The Throw Down by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are parties and then there are parties. Yesterday our practice had both. The first grand opening celebration was more of an open house for the community. Patients ... Read on »
Settling In by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It's been exactly a month since our weekend move to our new office and gradually we've settled into our new home. Having my old comfortable desk chair around and hanging my k ... Read on »
Different People, Same Affliction by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Sometimes patients with chronic illnesses have similar psychosocial situations. Diabetes is perhaps the classic example--middle aged, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, ... Read on »
Filling in the Gaps by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are those who would argue in a world of increasing specialism the role of the generalist family doctor is on borrowed time. Adults are cared for by internists, children ... Read on »
One Man's Tragedy Is Another Man's Cure by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Last week hundreds of miles away in a small town probably not too different from the one in which I practice there was a mill fire. The damage so extensive it will need to be ... Read on »
Calling All Dermatologists by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A reader asked if I was really going to follow through with my plan to appeal to big city cosmetic dermatologists sense of altruism and decency and see if any of them actually ... Read on »
So Crazy, It Just Might Work by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine If I refer a patient to dermatology I warn them ahead of time to not be surprised if their appointment isn't for three months. With only one dermatologist in the county and o ... Read on »
Needing a Vacation: Here We Go Again by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It has been building up again. This morning I arrived at work with that cranky and irritable feeling. I was in no mood to listen to my receptionist tell me about some patien ... Read on »
The Joke Best Left Untold by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It wasn't her fault. I should have known my attempt at middle of the night humor would go unappreciated when the resident physician called me to precept the hospital admission ... Read on »
The Gala by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When hearing the term "gala" what comes to mind are grand hotel ballrooms, gourmet dinners, fine wines, tuxedos, formal dresses, snobbery, and a lot of money. What doesn't co ... Read on »
Is He Wearing Any Pants? by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of our front office staff came back to my new office to drop off a chart only to find my pants and shirt draped over my chair. "Is he running around somewhere with no pan ... Read on »
Finding My Mojo by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Don't get me wrong--I love my new building. It's a palace compared to our old office. All the same none of us has yet to really hit our groove yet. We're still looking for ... Read on »
Why Moving Should Be Allowed Only Once Every 110 Years by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm getting a better understanding why it took our practice 110 years to move locations--it's a pain in the ass! By Friday evening everything in the old office was finall ... Read on »
All Good Things... by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine If you've ever wondered about the picture in this blog's header it's where I take care of our patients in our small town. Correct that, it's where I used to take care of our ... Read on »
Charts Long Forgotten by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A couple of our nurses and I came in this Saturday to work on this seemingly never ending project of packing and moving our office two miles down the road. While they began t ... Read on »
Taking Care of Her Little Girl by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are times when it becomes readily apparent that this just isn't a job. A woman in her late 70's came into the office today with her daughter for a pain on the left ... Read on »
"Dude, That's Sooo Coool" by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Apparently you could smell him throughout the waiting room and as he walked into the exam room the nurse could almost see the cloud of marijuana smoke surrounding him. He was ... Read on »
Trading in for a Sharpie by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Moving here is in full swing and I've traded in my ball point for a sharpie. We have exactly two weeks to be out of our building which has been used for patient care for the ... Read on »