Surviving when the crying won’t stop!

It’s the end of the day and you’re looking forward to sitting down and relaxing, if only for just a minute, when it begins … the crying. She doesn’t want to feed. She doesn’t need to be...

Honoring lives lost, celebrating lives saved

On a recent morning, I dealt with the death of one of my patients.  As sometimes happens with this job, instead of having time to process this, I was immediately faced with a busy clinic. After...

Consent form improves emergency care for kids

It’s hard for parents to imagine their child needing emergency medical services when they’re not around — but there are many times when this happens, especially on weekdays when parents are...

Treating pediatric heart disease as far away as Pago Pago

This Thanksgiving I added something new to the list of things I am grateful for. Three weeks ago, I traveled to a stunningly beautiful part of the United States, where I found hundreds of...

Balancing act

2 mice Nine years ago, when I started medical school, I told my husband (who was then my boyfriend) that I wanted to train for a marathon. Many of my colleagues in Northwestern’s M.D.-Ph.D....

Sunglasses in winter? Yes, protect your family all year long

As I was walking to the hospital this morning thinking about my next blog post, I realized that I had forgotten my sunglasses at home, and I needed them. Yes, it is November in Portland! So I...

Finnigan Mooney — Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle designer

Finnigan Mooney Age: 10 Diagnosis: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome Nike/Doernbecher Freestyle Shoe: Dunk Hi SB Q: So a cowboy rides into town on Friday and leaves on Friday but only stays...