How Narrative Medicine is revolutionizing the art of healing and care
By Alya Ahmad, Pediatric Hospitalist "How strange a thing is life..." It starts out so simple, just food , sleep, and comfort for the bodily routines. It is the baby regarding the warmth of the mother's voice, face, and the breast. then comes the first turn, the roll over, the baby steps, and so then… Continue reading How Strange A Thing Is Life?
By Alya Ahmad MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist It was a slow night in the pediatric emergency room, a little after 2 am on April 8, 2000. A 15 years old African American male walked in to the pediatric emergency room with a chief complaint of a sore throat. Working the night shift was always tough… Continue reading Guns and The City
http://www.educaterefugees.org @FKaripineni Like many of us, I have been struggling to reconcile my love for everything good about this country with the senseless gun violence that terrorizes us today. In the wake of each shooting, I vow to do more—to speak up as a surgeon, as a former victim of gun violence, and simply as… Continue reading A Surgeon Mom’s Call For Action Against Gun Violence, By Dr. Farah Karipineni MD
Dr Alya ... Welcome to this Site Dr Alya Blogs… in The Context of Care The Stories of our patients, families, and even providers in the field. Medicine can only best provided, as we learn, listen, understand the “context” of illness as it relates to the stories of our patient’s lives and experiences. The Stories… Continue reading Dr Alya…. A long time coming
“Where is my baby?” I awoke from a coma, confused and upset. My belly less than 24 hours before bulging through my doctor scrubs had surprisingly flattened. No one had asked for my permission to deliver my baby. He was delivered emergently, at 32 weeks gestation, “To save both our lives?” They told me. I… Continue reading With every hardship there is relief…
By Candice Reyes MD The uncertainty is certain, Let us draw up the curtain, Unmask this serial killer’s intention. Attack of its clones gone VIRAL! Made distancing societal, Disrupting every human convention. Humble hydroxychloroquine, Now forced into the scene. Telehealth bridges our CARE. Drive-thru testing, PPE’s & sanitizing, Social media fills the air. But let’s… Continue reading The COVID-19 Infection-Inflammation Equation
Since studying Narrative Medicine, I have endeavored to share how it has opened new ways for me in seeing, learning, and practicing medicine. I call it... Reigniting the Art of Medicine, in the age of the electronic, digitized medical systems. There is beauty in reading, poetry, art, stories, music, and film and it gives us… Continue reading Narrative Medicine in COVID-19 Crisis!
also published on The Health Care Blog https://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2020/02/04/the-social-context-and-vulnerabilities-that-challenge-health-care-in-the-san-joaquin-valley-of-california/
Looking @ you makes me feel Translucent. You watch over us, So Elegantly. You ponder our Silliness. You must think of us as Small, Filled with Self-Importance. As we busy our lives with Objects and Desires. You look Angelic, As if The Softness you wish we had could, Be dispersed and draped upon us. If… Continue reading Wispy Moon By Alya Ahmad
Caring is comforting. The Story is read. We enter into the writer's realm and share the struggles, triumphs, and outcomes in the words printed on the page. Writing and reading although healing is a painful endeavor. Click to enter into "Words Composed On A Page" https://videopress.com/v/byAWn3zd?preloadContent=metadata This Video entails the story and the writer's struggle… Continue reading Words Composed on a Page-A Short Story Video by Alya Ahmad MD
Searching For Peace 18 years ago today, my mother died. If that was the end of her journey – I do not know. I was not with her. I was on my way to Stockholm where Casper was due to arrive on the scene; that had its own challenges and learning experiences – a story… Continue reading There Is A Real Human Behind Every Mask, By Brian De Francesca