Better late than never.

#tuesdaythoughtsโฃ โฃToday is my first session with my new business coach and last night, I was reflecting on prior coaching experiences throughout my life. ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ. โฃโฃAlthough the context of the coaching experience I recall the most is probably a bit ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜บ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ, I suspect the experience as a whole is not unfamiliar … Continue reading Better late than never.

My journey to becoming an allergist/immunologist…

So I tend to avoid checking my message requests on IG too often. They are typically filled with creepy โ€œsugar daddiesโ€ or sketchy collaboration requests. BUT, I was thrilled when Emily reached out earlier this week. Emily is a pre-med student and aspiring allergist/immunologist!! So per her requestโ€ฆhere is my journey to this awesome career! … Continue reading My journey to becoming an allergist/immunologist…


I was talking to my mentor not too long ago about navigating the niche I have attempted to carve out here in social media land and in my life. โฃโฃI am a scientist. โฃA physician. โฃAn educator. โฃBut I am also a mother. โฃAn autoimmune patient. โฃGranola without the nuts.โฃAbove all, I aim for balance. … Continue reading Balance

National Penicillin Allergy Day!

๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ?โฃโฃ๐’๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–: Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin through a happy accident! He left his cultures out uncovered and they became contaminated with mold spores. โฃโฃToday is an annual celebration to raise awareness around the impact of carrying a penicillin allergy label. โฃโฃ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐Ÿท ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐Ÿท๐Ÿถ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด … Continue reading National Penicillin Allergy Day!

Brinner: The BEST dinner

I realized I have not shared much about my love of FOOD. โฃ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต.โฃ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ต.โฃ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ.โฃ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.โฃ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ!!โฃโฃBut when eating leads to pain or worse. โฃThen fear sets in. Anxiety. Restriction. โฃโฃThinking back to college I recall having issues digesting raw onions, raw broccoli. Later dairy. Winter 2015: โฃAfter having … Continue reading Brinner: The BEST dinner

Treat the patient.

One of the first lessons I distinctly recall from medical school: โ€œ๐“๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ.โ€โฃโฃWe were learning about interpreting lab values in the context of the patientโ€™s clinical course. โฃโฃ๐ƒ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐›. โฃStop. โฃThink. โฃDonโ€™t just use an algorithm. โฃConsider the whole picture. The context. โฃConsider the physiology. … Continue reading Treat the patient.

World Sexual Health Day

#FunFactFridayโฃWe are all humans and sexuality is part of our human nature, but allergies and asthma can get in the way of a good time. According to a study of about 400 people with allergic rhinitis, 83% said that allergies affect their sex lives at least occasionally. Interestingly enough adrenaline that is released during arousal … Continue reading World Sexual Health Day


For many years, I would not leave the house without mascara. That said, the quest for #lashesfordays can be fraught problems from flaky mascara, irritation, and allergies.โฃ โฃOne particularly horrific example dating back to the 1930โ€™s occurred with a product called Lash Lure, an eyelash darkening treatment containing paraphenylenediamine (PPD). Sadly this poor woman suffered … Continue reading Lashes!

All about Dry Eye

#๐“๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ๐“๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌโฃ About 5 years ago, I noticed I was no longer able to wear mascara without looking like a raccoon and couldnโ€™t tolerate wearing contacts. I would blink them out about halfway through the day. I switched to my glasses and moved onโ€ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ (๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ) ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ … Continue reading All about Dry Eye

FunFactFriday- Money Saving Tips in Time for Fall Allergy Season

It may be payday BUT that doesnโ€™t mean that you want or need to spend and arm and a leg on your allergy medications.ย  Here are a few ways to save money while treating your runny nose and itchy watery eyes: Buy in bulk AND generic. If you know which medications work, many prescriptions are … Continue reading FunFactFriday- Money Saving Tips in Time for Fall Allergy Season