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A Sea of Me Time

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Never mind the method. No need to make the means. Spare no expense on your inner self: Me Time doesn't cost a penny yet it will always make you richer. Make your Me Time droplets a cup then a bucket; a bucket then a pond; and eventually you'll create your own Sea of Me.

The Beauty of Resilience

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

And then resilience enters the room, the most elegant of emotional beings; glowing; refined; a reminder that even a flicker of light glows amid the darkness. And we can save our tiny ship of troubles from life's stormy seas once again.

Study Counters Huge Stereotype About How Americans Die

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has a reputation for treating terminal illness too aggressively -- throwing all kinds of intensive, painful, but ultimately futile treatments...

A Nurse and a New Year

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 12.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Because as a nurse in the intensive care unit, I've learned -- while I'm relatively young, I possess an old soul -- that nothing in this life is promised. We have no guarantee. We cannot push off what we crave today unto tomorrow, because there is no certainty that tomorrow may come.

The Holiday Warriors

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 11.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Tube feeds and turkey. Sepsis and stuffing. Code blues and "thank you's" and teamwork and tears. I am a holiday warrior -- I am an ICU nurse. Even when my feet are sore and my belly is hungry -- every holiday, every shift -- my heart is full.

A Letter to the Baby Nurses

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 11.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Right now, there is a baby nurse who is searching online and deep inside for an answer. There is a brand new member of the profession who is questioning her calling. Dearest baby nurse, don't let this scary new world drag you down

The Anatomy of a Waiting Room

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Part jungle. Part jail cell. Where awkward smiles cut through silence with surgical precision. A waiting room, foul and filthy; faith and family; cold and sterile like the operating suite. Cool down on your treadmill. Check the time on your microwave. But every watch is broken in the waiting room -- better to count your blessings than to measure the seconds.

A Nurse to My Own (Part I: Are You Okay?)

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 09.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Today I am feeling quietly concerned but calm. Yesterday I was motivated to overcome the challenge at hand. Tomorrow? Who knows. Every single day will be punctuated by a different emotion, a different version of the woman who I am.

Wear the Pants Out of Life

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 08.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Sit Down and Stay a While What drives you? What makes you tick? What inspires you? Engages you? Is worth fighting for? Many days I leave work ponde...

Small Things Big Wins in Health Care

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When it comes to the recovery of a patient, no matter how small an improvement is, there is still a level of improvement that is taking place. Something as subtle as the blink of an eye can be a monumental milestone because in that split second you are witnessing a speck of light in a world that had the possibility of remaining in complete darkness.

The Long Ride With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

The thing about having a baby in the NICU is that you never stop riding the emotional roller coaster. You're up and then down; it slows, but it never stops.

Choked by Love

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

Her son was feeding her like she was a little baby. A hospital cafeteria-issued tuna fish sandwich sat atop a soggy swatch of cellophane on the palm ...

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

The End of Life

Tom Deegan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Death panels and Dr. Kevorkian suck the oxygen out of end of life discussions. In a way, framing death and dying in sweeping abstractions like "right to die" and "rationing life" is an easy way to avoid the subject. But bad end-of-life decisions plague the hospital setting.

Houston Is Probably A Nice Place

Carol Jones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Jones

If I had been more present with Kenny I would have listened to him talk about how he felt about not making it. I would have opened my mind and heart to hear him and hold him while he talked.

Facing Death? Frontline Shows Who Is and Is Not

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

Last week the Dartmouth Atlas Project released startling information about how many Americans with end-stage cancer die in intensive care units and ac...

Communicating With Patients in an Intensive Care Unit

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

I have always believed that computer technology could be brought to the ICU and make a big difference in the ability of patients who suddenly found themselves unable to speak.

7 Ways Music Breaks Can Improve Your Health

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

Recent studies have shown that music may have a beneficial effect on your body's immunity and overall health.

The Sounds and Sleeplessness in the ICU--Part I

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Being in the ICU is hard enough to endure. Throw in sleeplessness caused by noise pollution and just about everything worsens.

A Husband's Struggle with Glioblastoma: My Tribute

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

Death can be infused with love and caring; and for the most part, peace can come, and in a strange way, gratitude for the opportunity to celebrate a full life.