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Research Supports Sane in Pain’s Approach!

New research shows that reflective writing that examines reasons (rather than feelings or sensations), is more effective than talking with a therapist to recount a traumatic event.  Reported by Timothy Wilson in Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change (p.5):  Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), the standard police intervention for officers who have been traumatized,

By |2018-08-15T16:07:34+00:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|463 Comments

“The words of the patient are the most sensitive diagnostic tool I’ve yet come across”

Danielle Ofri Danielle Ofri writes in her blog about the declining opportunities for doctors to conduct physical exams (largely due to the computer that takes the doctor's attention away from the patient during consultations) in the New York Times Health Update (at nytdirect@nytimes.com on 07/15/14).  Ofri notes how once the machines are out of the way, and

By |2018-02-19T17:30:33+00:00July 16th, 2014|Categories: Danielle Ofri|Comments Off on “The words of the patient are the most sensitive diagnostic tool I’ve yet come across”

Thanks to the Team

Coming out of these procedures is like swimming to the surface of the drugs/pain and then gaspng for air when I break through. Thanks to all for your love, prayers and chicken soup! Our family had two medical procedures this week, my elder daughter's on Monday and mine on Tuesday. Fortunately, Sara, the younger

By |2018-08-15T16:07:44+00:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|107 Comments

Celebrating Cecile

My beloved teacher and friend, Cecilie Kwiat, often quoted in Sane In Pain, passed the morning after Valentine's Day and I haven't been the same since. I've been remembering all the good times with her and trying to write down what I learned.  Here's how we met: Having declined the opportunity to meet Namgyal

By |2018-08-15T16:08:01+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|1,527 Comments

Butter bean, acorn squash & artichoke pesto with field greens in garlic vinaigrette

Back on The Ranch, this communal capitalist real estate investment next to what is now a large wanna-be molybdenum mine that will remove an entire mountain of Idaho paradise that I was part of in the seventies, occasionally people did not bring the groceries they had promised.  This posed problems for the pantry, which

By |2018-08-15T16:08:11+00:00December 20th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|244 Comments

Use Your Words

"Life always changes" --Gorbachev, Vogue April 2013   You have to use your words often. There’s a reason “Expressing needs and feelings” is a major milestone in toddler development.  Communication is vital to getting needs fulfilled. And having our basic needs met does tend to calm us down. Not

By |2018-08-15T16:08:16+00:00May 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Use Your Words

Narrative Medicine

I'm now offering workshops for nurses, physician's assistants and other healthcare professionals to support this new movement in medicine to use the patient's story to help with healing.  From NY Times on March 16, 2013 by Danielle Ofri, M.D.: What are you doing creatively these days? It’s not a question you hear commonly, and

By |2018-08-15T16:08:29+00:00March 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|22 Comments

A maid by any other name

My physical therapist didn’t sympathize much when I told him vacuuming seemed to trigger incapacitating pain.  Just said to hire a maid.  But it took Makers: Women Who Make America, a documentary on PBS, saying that one way to know how successful the women’s movement in the 1970s was to look at who does

By |2018-08-15T16:08:41+00:00March 2nd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|6 Comments