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Many years ago when a good friend of mine, Barbara Metcalf asked if I would help her out with her presentation at the IFSO conference in Spain I immediately responded positively that I would be happy to assist.

She asked if I would wear the Empathy Suit that had been sh...

Yes, I am a fan of country western music.  You name it and probably it is something I know by heart and sing around the house.  One of my most favorite songs by Rascal Flatts is entitled ‘Stand’.  The first verse begins:  You feel like a candle in a hurricane, just lik...

If you listen carefully you will be able to hear what they are saying.  “I am worried that she will not be compliant.”  “I am afraid that something might happen to him.”  What if she won’t take her vitamins and minerals or make the necessary office appointments.”  “Wil...

For those of us who work in the business of treating the morbidly obese there are “those days”.  Days when you feel that no matter what instructions you give, no matter how much you do and no matter how much you care, there is resistance.  There are days when it may ta...

One might say that I have been around for a long time.  Working in this business for over 30 years I can say that I remember working with bariatric surgery patients when surgery for weight loss definitely was not cool.  I can not remember how I became so infatuated wit...

LOOKING THROUGH THE REVIEW MIRROR

Jacquelyn K. Smiertka, RN

Frequently all of us have the opportunity to look out the rear view mirror of our lives.  Although we should look through this “mirror” as a foundation of our learning process sometimes we focus on too many bad...

Sitting beside Dr. Picard Marceau at a standards committee meeting many years ago I realized that I was smiling as he was talking.  He was rising to the obvious passion of what he feels is a literary injustice to the surgery BPD also known to many as the Duodenal-Switc...

Actually I have a tendency to believe that I think more clearly when I am 30,000 feet in the air.  Perhaps it is because my cell phone is turned off, there are no in-flight movies, those sitting next to me are asleep and my only source of entertainment is my lap top co...

I love to have meetings that require patient involvement.  They range from cooking demonstrations to talent shows, fashion shows and patient panels.  The exciting part for me is that I have minimal preparation to do.  As for the support group I am sure they are glad to...

The other day in a department store I noticed a message on a sign that read something like, “Faith is taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase.” As I thought about the meaning I smiled and thought, whoever wrote that could have had a dream, had a lot of...

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