SPOTLIGHT: Damn Delicious

April 11, 2016

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Hey guys! I hope you all had an awesome weekend! Andrew and I had a nice start to our weekend – we went on a nice long walk together on Friday and enjoyed the lovely weather. Saturday we ate at a new place (for us) in town and it was delicious. They specialize in smoked meats. I had a chicken salad and it was wonderful!

Sunday I worked a shift in the ER. It was a pretty relaxed day with a fairly slow flow of patients, so I was busy, but not so much that I felt like my head was going to spin off my shoulders like a top. Unfortunately, it was also the first day that I had to have a bad news talk with a patient by myself, as we had found a large mass during our assessment. This has always been the part of medicine that I dread, and it’s so easy as health professionals to take on someone’s pain as our own. My attending told me earlier this week that bad things as a physician are all about perspective. While it was a really ugly part of my day and it absolutely affected my mood, it could have been one of the worst and most overwhelming days for my patient, and my emotions pale in comparison to hers. My attending reminded me that we are given a very special gift in being able to be there for patients during these difficult times, and it is our responsibility to be supportive, compassionate, and patient as we do our best to guide our patients through these incomprehensible situations.

No one is ever going to love the person who diagnoses them with a terminal disease, but my goal was to be kind and empathic, and to talk with my patient and her companions in a way that makes them feel supported and advocated for. The hardest part of ER for me is knowing I will probably never see this patient again, and I could only be a source of support for a few hours. One of the aspects of family medicine I so love is knowing I will have long standing relationships with my patients and can serve as a pillar of strength for them whenever they need me.

So with that, and in an abrupt transition to today’s post, this is our second week of featured food blogs. I started following this lovely lady not too long ago on her blog, Damn Delicious. If you are active on Pinterest, I have no doubt that you have seen her delicious recipes all over the place! I mean, her pictures make me want to literally reach through the screen and take a bite of whatever she is featuring. Our favorites have been her Bang Bang Chicken, and Buttermilk Pancakes. If any of you have tried any, let me know! We are always looking for new ones to try and everything looks so amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO – Emmy Lou Lou

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