Outpatient burn has been a lovely reminder of how good a clinic can feel. The preceptors are warm and welcoming, the techs and nurses are friendly and conversational, and the patients have been the youngest and healthiest lot I have encountered this year (minus the burns that brought them into the clinic, of course).
Kristin Clague Reihman! Kristin is a 47yo physician, healer, and mother. She serves as a coach for students in my medical school program, and that’s how I met her during first year. I’ve been looking forward to this conversation, which we recorded in the room she birthed her fourth child. In this interview, we discuss the death of her mother when she was eighteen, her own near death experience fraught with pain, and how her spirituality is connecting with others.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂
March 21, 2018
4weeks 5days gestation
We found out on Wednesday, the second week of the Surgical Clerkship. Mackenzi took a urine pregnancy test the day before, but the results were inconclusive. I felt like I knew the weekend prior that she was with child. I didn’t tell her, though.
About five appointments into my first day of outpatient ophthalmology, a succession of quick 10min follow-up visits, we walked into her room. She was quickly folding up her hand-held radio and apologizing. She likes to listen while waiting.
I spent six mornings this week in the hospital. The extra set of morning rounds to make up for the missed Monday after the van debacle. As one friend put it, both an entirely fair punishment and the worst thing in the world. I finished Friday lecture with a small sense of dread, knowing that I would have to wake up early the next morning to round on patients with my attending on a Saturday.
Over this long weekend between rotations, we hosted two little dogs and one little brother. A rowdy female Pug, a nervous Pomeranian, and a combined masters/PhD student from the University of Virginia. The house felt full of love.
Camille Imbo! Camille is a 25yo fourth year medical student, an older sister, and a black woman. I met her during a SELECT session this year and the rawness of her laugh put her on my radar. During this conversation, we discuss the importance of names and how they change identity, the politicization of blackness, the inseparable mix of purpose and potential, and the soulmate bond between herself and her grandmother.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂