Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Dear Readers,

Thank you for visiting my blog, either once or regularly. I hope you gain something entertaining or insightful for your time.

Thanks also to those of you who leave comments. Some bloggers are very good at responding to their comments; I find that I'm not so much. But I read and appreciate every one.

This blog was born out of inspiration from reading other medical bloggers, combined with a long time desire to be an author someday. My goal was to be witty, interesting, and a little clever. Oh, and to look like Angelina Jolie, but I'm gonna need Dr. Bates for that one.

On October 13th life changed for me.

My blog has since changed too. I really didn't know if it was something that I'd choose to continue, but I have found it to be amazingly therapeutic. There are things that I can write here that I'm unable to express to "real" friends due to the degree of vulnerability that it creates. There's also been an amazing amount of support, to a degree that dumbfounds me at times.

As my blog has shifted, I sense that my readership has shifted. I'm not really certain about that, as I'm not computer-literate enough to know anything about my readers other than the comments that are left. I really enjoy writing about medicine and work, but I'm off for two months to be with my son during his extended hospitalization. I suspect that once I'm back in the office I'll revisit the snot, boils, and vaginal discharge that makes my job so much fun.

If you're a doctor-blogger-reader, check back in again in a few months. I suspect I'll be back. For those that are following my experience on the other side of the doctor schtick, keep reading. I appreciate your support.

Dr. Smak


Femail doc said...

I get plenty enough s, b's, and v's at the office. I value your experience as doctor/mother/partaker of health care from the other side of the waiting room. I'll keep checking in now and again.

rlbates said...

I'm with you and femail doc. Oh, I think you're prettier than Angelina Jolie (and I've seen your picture). If I lived closer, I'd help with your laundry though.

sara said...

That has to be the best comment ever.

JeanMac said...

I'll keep checking in. Totally understand the therapeutic angle. If I'm too honest with friends, I sometimes break down. Bloggers give me incredible strength.

Anonymous said...

I was a reader before, I'm still a reader. I wish you and Henry all the best in the next two months!

Jen said...

Hang in there- there are a lot of people who are interested in both "sides" of your life, and I'm glad that this blog is giving you a chance to write things that you might not otherwise be able to express. Sometimes talking to "real-life" friends is just too difficult.

Wishing all of you the best.

puppybraille said...

I read your blog because I like medical blogs, but I also value hearing about what it's like to be the parent of a child with an illness. I'm a social work student and I intern at a childrens' hospital. Thank you for sharing, I like all aspects of your blog.

The Nurse said...

I've found my blog jumping from "medical" to "personal".. to just a big blog soup of anything et everything. If you want to be an author, its good to be all over the place. Readers like it because it makes you a "human medical person."

I like your blog in particular, because your writing paints a very intellectual/inquisitive/edgy/funny/passionate/heartwrenching picture.

You are a human on behind the words... therefore I pray for you and your son.


Anonymous said...

I was just given you blog site by
"Mom". So glad!

Always wanting to keep updated on Henry and how you are doing!

Thanks for sharing so much!