I had just finished presenting my body of research for the prior six years in hopes of convincing the committee I was worthy of promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor of Medicine when the chairperson said, “It is clear palliative care is your passion, so you should stop wasting your time with the dental research." I. Should. Stop. Wasting. My. Time.
Another birthday has come and gone, which means another reminder to find out how my right kidney is faring since I gave away her mate 11 years ago.
Today is World Kidney Day. This year's theme is "Kidney Disease & Children: Act Early To Prevent It!" but since its inception in 2006, the common goal of every theme has been to make more people aware of kidney disease early in its course, in hopes that it’s progression to end-stage kidney disease may be prevented or at least delayed.
“I’m feeling good Doc,” Mr. Holly said as I sat down on my stool in the clinic exam room. He sat in the chair beside the computer table, his round freckled face beaming. “That’s great,” I smiled back. I love it when my patients feel well.