My hearing loss was at the forefront of my mind when I was suddenly thrust into this pandemic. How would I navigate the world without lip reading? How would I communicate through an additional sound barrier? Masks are necessary...
When I think of getting a shot, having blood drawn, or even going to the dentist, my heart begins to race. My palms sweat. I start to think of excuses not to go to the appointment and bargain with...
I just scheduled my first Covid vaccine. And I feel some odd combination of gratitude, relief, guilt, and shame. I am eligible to sign up for the Covid vaccine because I am fat. I am “severely obese” or whatever you want...
Please note: Vermont Mom Contributing Writer, Mario Trabulsy, MD is a board-certified emergency physician with over 27 years of experience. She is also a renowned and award-winning educator at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, and University of...
What on Earth is a climatarian? In 2015, the New York Times defined a climatarian diet as "a diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change." While this certainly sounds like a worthwhile, noble goal, it also sounds intimidating. But...
Some clothing items are optional but for now, in the age of COVID, a mask is a must! So, now that I am used to the mask mandate, I keep asking myself, "When should I throw my mask away and...
A face mask or covering is the must-have accessory of the year, but what about “maskne?” Maybe this next part is too much information but it’s relevant, I promise. I have a sweaty face. There, I said it. For...
Mario…. I’m really sorry. The disembodied voice came over the phone at 2 pm in the middle of a busy ER where, just moments before, I was the doctor. And now, suddenly, I’m the patient. I’m sure the disembodied voice of...
Please note: Vermont Mom Contributing Writer, Mario Trabulsy, MD is a board-certified emergency physician with over 27 years of experience. She is also a renowned and award-winning educator at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, and University of...
Both of my children have been to see our local oral surgeon. I was nervous when they were referred to the oral surgeon. The title makes him sound so much more intimidating than our dentist! My children were also anxious,...
What Is E.F.T., the Emotional Freedom Technique, or Tapping?  EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as tapping, is a type of meditation or therapy where an individual touches or taps certain points on their body while focusing on one...
My name is Josilyn and I am 35 years old. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a daughter. I am an aunt. I am a friend. And I found out 8 days ago that I...
“Why are we closing things down, when the mortality rate is only 1%? “ “Lots of people die from the flu- what's the big deal?” “Death rates are going down."  As an emergency physician, I've heard similar comments about COVID...
First I just want to clarify, I am not a doctor. None of this is meant to be medical advice. I also am not trying to put down the medical community as I know this disease is still not...

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