Check Your Puls

APPOINTMENT

Check your pulse. Can you find it? Do you feel it?

It is circulation to the body, a basic but complex system essential for life. My father-in-law (MD) taught me a valuable lesson. He said, “Before helping another, especially in an emergency, first, check your own pulse.” If I am being honest, I’m still figuring out what this means. Most simply, a pulse is a sign of life. And where there is life, there is an opportunity to act and to make a difference in that of another. It’s a rate. A physiologic response to what is in front of you, telling your system to act urgently or to slow down and digest. It’s a maze. Sixty thousand miles of vessels coursing through and intertwining in the body. A pulse has a tone. It grows and strengthens to deliver nutrients to the essential places. It is consistent, ongoing in the background, and outside of our direct control. A pulse is a story, a reflection of what is centrally happening in the heart while also responding to external forces.

This is my checked pulse. A smattering of reflections on opportunities in life and work as a veterinarian. These are the moments my pulse throbbed with stress or slowed to digest. These are the maze-like days of ebb and flow, of uncontrolled, regularly irregular pulses that induce strengthening growth.

One Stubborn Angel

One Stubborn Angel

Gracie is a gorgeous (and slobbery) 130lb Saint Bernard. Her hallmark quality is her stubbornness. This started at a very early age! Even though she was dressed as an angel, Gracie naughtily failed her puppy class! This definitely foreshadowed some battles of the...

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Stewardship

Stewardship

At what cost? And is the problem fixable? I need more information and information costs too, both time and money. And what do we do with that information? I need to intervene, whether it’s surgery or medication, hospitalization, or, in animals, euthanasia. And what is...

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They Poop, We Scoop!

They Poop, We Scoop!

Sometimes I am amazed by how phenomenal pet-parents are! Fecal/stool samples are an important part of our health screening in animals, especially since they like to explore the world with their mouths. It’s a triple bag, and it-goes-in-the-trunk endeavor when I...

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Garbage Gut

Garbage Gut

It was his birthday… and he ate a trash bag. Not one with trash in it – no, it was covering his fabric bed. The other furry household member (cat) expresses his unpredictable disdain for Jack by peeing on his bed. When Jack’s parents came home, the bag and a few...

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Owned By Cat

Owned By Cat

"Your little daughter must be smitten with this kitten; I can just imagine her coming up with the name Ladybug!" said my technician to the approximately 300lb, 6'5", tattoo-sleeved, Harley-Davidson riding man. A little background—this same man took the neighbor's...

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Tuning Our Senses

Tuning Our Senses

I would choose it again. Despite the soul-crushing sorrow, I think many people would agree that the joy of having them outweighs the sorrow of losing them. Our “gotcha day,” June 28th, is stamped on our lives- defining a new season and life stage. He was the first...

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Please Don’t Bite Me

Please Don’t Bite Me

Hyde and I have a love-hate relationship. I love him; he hates me. I guess it is actually pretty simple. I’m pleased, however, to report that we are making some really positive progress. Hyde scratched his cornea while trying to get his muzzle off (obviously, this...

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Begin With The End In Mind

Begin With The End In Mind

I owe it to my professor. A simple extra credit assignment I’ve referenced so many times since veterinary school. The assignment in school was this: “Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey. Write a career postscript imagining you are at retirement age reflecting...

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