Still Smiling At “A Moving Target”

Our personnel policies require all hourly staff to punch out for their lunch break. As a salaried physician, I can work my entire shift without a break. This requires some juggling with nursing staff, but it works.

The other day, Autumn came back from her break giggling.

“I was reading from your book again, and I still laugh at your story about that ear flush. I remember it so well…”, she said.

“I know, it was wild”, I answered, but I also remembered thinking with some sadness at the time about how misunderstood this patient must have been. But I, too, smile inside when I occasionally reread “A Moving Target”:


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