Sunday, August 28, 2016

Residency Update

Our new home for the next 5 years

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; 
save me and I will be saved, 
for you are the one I praise.  Jer 17:14 (NIV)

It took a miracle to get our family to Alabama. I really have to say that it was a miraculous feat transporting us from Loma Linda to Birmingham.  Well, now we're here. We were able to move into our home and, by God's grace, we have started our journey here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

My Residency Personal Statement

“MissionsDoc, she’s not breathing!”  I rushed to the room where the woman who had been like a mother to me was spending her last days dying of metastatic breast cancer.  I tried to determine if she was alive but I had no idea what to look for.  I searched for a pulse but I did not know if I was checking in the right place.  “Call 911!” I shouted to my wife. I stood helplessly in that tiny apartment trying to wake her up.  But I could not.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Am I getting the best experience from my clerkship?

I did enjoy my pediatric rotation.  Do I like working with children? Yes.   Do I like the work that pediatricians do day in an day out?  Yes.  Did I like the hours? Loved the hours.  Do I like working with parents? Kind of... actually not that much. Do I think kids are the most personally rewarding patient population? Yes.  All that said, I still did not enjoy my peds rotation.  But there is an important distinction to be made.  While I hated my pediatrics rotation, I do not hate pediatrics.

Here is how that can happen and how it happened to me.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lifted Up

Turtle from UCR Botanical Gardens falling while trying to sunbathe.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. - Proverbs 16:18

I am reading some letters to Physicians by one of my favorite authors.  The letters provide counsel on how to go about the job of being a doctor while maintaining a close relationship with God, a strong family bond and excellence in one's work.  I came across this statement and it really had an impact on me.
Let men become lifted up in pride, and the Lord will not sustain them and keep them from falling. Let a church become proud and boastful, not depending on God, not exalting His power, and that church will surely be left by the Lord, to be brought down to the ground. Let a people glory in wealth, intellect, knowledge, or in anything but Christ, and they will soon be brought to confusion. - Ellen White
I have been receiving many accolades as a result of graduating. Because of the shrinking of the world by social media and the internet (which is now lower case "I") I have been receiving flattering words from all over the Western Hemisphere.  I had a role in the graduation ceremonies that was well received by random strangers... and I have to admit that there is a funny feeling that I have experienced recently.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Sermon at Baccalaureate for graduation weekend.
"Wow!" by Randy Roberts - 5-28-16 from Loma Linda University Church on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I am now a Doctor

Almost 10 years ago I wrote the following:
I want to become a doctor and ultimately help spread the message of Christ as a Medical Evangelist. It looks [absolutely] impossible....There are other giants beside time and previous academic "performance" that are in the way.  I don't know what the outcome of the journey is. But I feel God calling me to walk down this road with this particular destination. I don't know if His will is for me to become a doctor... but I feel his calling to take up this "Impossible Journey."
10 Years later I walked across a stage to receive my diploma, then left that stage as a doctor, a member of the class of 2016.  God is awesome.  There is so much that my wife and I have been through over the last 10 years... but God has been a constant, faithful source of strength and deliverance.

Praise God.  It took 10 years but God's timing was absolutely perfect.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Surgical Resident Loses Job after Paralyzing Spinal Infection

Found this through Kevin MD post from Pamela Wible. This is a really tragic story that doesn't look like it needs to be that tragic. I am a little weary of coming to conclusions not knowing both sides of the story. I really want to hear the residency program's side of the story.

Monday, May 16, 2016

working it out...

This journey has been a tough one. I haven't posted in a while for no real reason other than I just didn't have something that I wanted to post.  Make no mistake, there is a lot happening... it's just that I haven't wanted to post any of it.  Plans are coming along for the move but we have some major hurdles that are in the process of being worked out by God's grace. And I'm claiming some promises regarding the move.  It's not easy getting 4 people and all their "stuff" 1700+ miles east.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Running Dreams Crushed... for now.

A California Sunset from our porch.
I noticed after my runs that I would start limping due to some 7/10 unilateral hip pain. But I am getting ahead of myself.  I realized that I was gaining a lot of weight. I believe I have gained about 20 pounds throughout medical school (maybe 25).  I wanted to lose it and also get my heart in shape.  And so I decided to start running again.  I purchased a subscription to an app called Runtatstic and started using it for my workouts. It comes with some running plans and, in 6 short weeks I improved from not being able to run 1 mile straight to being able to run 6 miles at a pace of 10min/mile.  But then I started hurting.