The Pollening

In Virginia, we have a series of sub seasons before we really get into the full swing of the weather we are actually supposed to be experiencing. Spring is no exception. We’ve got early spring, second winter, spring of deception, third winter, etc… and our current season? The pollening. It sounds like a campy horrorContinue reading “The Pollening”

The Power of the Marathon

Ultramarathons aside, in the world of running, the ultimate test of mental strength and physical fitness is the marathon. Why is running the marathon such a powerful testament to a person’s will and mental toughness? One reason: the pain. We’ll revisit this point in a bit.  In my wildest dreams, 26.2 miles is a distanceContinue reading “The Power of the Marathon”

The Gift of Vaccination!

The best part about being fully vaccinated is that you can visit your loved ones and actually hug each other! I received my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 4th. My parents were finally both two weeks past their second dose last week! Since my dad has medical issues, we’ve been extra carefulContinue reading “The Gift of Vaccination!”

The Power of Pain

Pain. The 7th vital sign. It’s our body’s way of warning us about danger and disease. When working with my patients, it’s a question I always ask: Do you have any pain right now? As clinicians, we utilize multiple pain scales to objectively rate this subjective symptom. It’s such an important question, I’ve even learnedContinue reading “The Power of Pain”

Spring is Really Here!

As I begin to write this, I’m listening to the sound of howling wind, awaiting another round of thunderstorms in Richmond, VA, our first taste of the season. Most of us were also awakened Sunday morning by thunder, lightning, and driving rain, much to the dismay of my poor dog. She doesn’t have panic attacks,Continue reading “Spring is Really Here!”

Mass Shootings are as American as Apple Pie

Here we go again. When will enough be enough? Who has to die at the hands of yet another hysterical gunman to make the issue of gun control something that our lawmakers are actually willing to tackle? Or are we going to keep throwing our hands up, saying, “It is what it is. Can’t stopContinue reading “Mass Shootings are as American as Apple Pie”

Vegan Dilly Potato Salad

With spring beginning to come into full swing and vaccinations increasing,  I’m dreaming of the possibility of outdoor gatherings again. Whenever I think about potluck meals, I think of potato salad.  If you are a fan of German potato salad, you will love this vinegar dressing based version.  I’ve never met a potato I didn’tContinue reading “Vegan Dilly Potato Salad”

The Power of Food

Our food choices are certainly a big part of how we identify as humans. Food can reflect our culture, our religion, and even our political leanings. Food can prove elusive when it’s not affordable or accessible. Food, or lack thereof, can cause disease. In extreme cases of food allergies, food can cause death. Beliefs aboutContinue reading “The Power of Food”

Race Recap: The Sports Backers Half Marathon

Yesterday, I ran the Sports Backers Half Marathon. We had beautiful weather! My best friend Patty convinced me to sign up a while ago, and, although our winter training did have a few hiccups, we managed to comfortably finish the half in about 3 hours. My PR is 2:21, but I haven’t been training nearlyContinue reading “Race Recap: The Sports Backers Half Marathon”