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A deep weariness has settled into my bones. I feel like I am living the plot to the movie Groundhog Day, where every day is a repeat of the day before and nothing changes. It has been six months since the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the US and still we do not have a national plan to...
By Dr. Maura McLaughlin Editor’s Note: The Gazette asked Dr. Maura McLaughlin, a family medicine physician with an independent practice in Crozet, to help us understand where we stand now with COVID-19 and what we should do next. Without naming names, your editor certifies that the virus is bona fide here in Crozet. We give our sincere thanks to the health...
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Declaration of Independence, 1776. Slavery Ended!  When Will Justice Begin?  Black Lives Matter!!!  Language on sign held high by protester, front cover of June...
As with many mental health disorders, bipolar disorder is often misunderstood. Many of us, myself included, have used the word “manic” to describe a friend who is racing around, with a lot of energy, talking fast about a bright idea. Or we have used the word “bipolar” to describe someone who gets angry and irritated easily and quickly. The concept...
Ticks can’t fly. They don’t jump, or fall on you from above. They wait.  Staked out on the very tips of leaves and blades of grass, they sit, raised on their back legs, reaching out with their hooked front limbs in a pose that’s called “questing,” and they smell you coming. Not your perfume or your stinky sneakers, the scent...
I can’t breathe. Very few sentences capture the attention of an Emergency Physician more raptly. Very few emotions capture the terror of a human being more acutely. This is a primal fear.  Have you ever been held underwater in a childhood prank? Then you know. Have you ever had a severe asthma attack? Then you know. COPD? You know. Congestive heart...
Last week I was sitting at my desk at work, hopelessly overrun by charts and messages and callbacks, when a coworker who could sense my despair asked me, “Do you meditate?” She was clearly acknowledging the stress that the long chaotic days at our office have and was suggesting that I need to make sure I take care of...

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Crozet Annals of Medicine: Strong Medicine

A deep weariness has settled into my bones. I feel like I am living the plot to the movie Groundhog Day, where every day...

Keep Your Distance: A Coronavirus Perspective

By Dr. Maura McLaughlin Editor’s Note: The Gazette asked Dr. Maura McLaughlin, a family medicine physician with an independent practice in Crozet, to help us...

Insights for Flourishing: In Pursuit of Justice and Happiness This 4th of July

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

Bipolar Disorder: The Other Mood Disorder

As with many mental health disorders, bipolar disorder is often misunderstood. Many of us, myself included, have used the word “manic” to describe a...

Ticks: The Mini-Menace

Ticks can’t fly. They don’t jump, or fall on you from above. They wait.  Staked out on the very tips of leaves and blades of...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: I Can’t Breathe

I can’t breathe. Very few sentences capture the attention of an Emergency Physician more raptly. Very few emotions capture the terror of a human being...

Back to Fitness: Exercise is Meditation

Last week I was sitting at my desk at work, hopelessly overrun by charts and messages and callbacks, when a coworker who could sense...