When I tell people I have five children, their first reaction is always to look at me incredulously and say, “Five?” Yes, five! (I wrote this a couple years ago. Sadly, people aren’t quite so surprised anymore.) I’m also a physician who specializes in Family Medicine, although this has prepared me little for staying home to take care of my own family. At YesFive.net, you can find my advice on all kinds of medical topics and how they affect your family. In keeping with the “five” theme, most posts contain five facts, ideas or thoughts about the topic, which can be anything from making sure your kids are drinking enough water, to why some family doctors don’t take insurance. I’ll also post my thoughts about motherhood, other off-topic ramblings, and my favorite ways to feel good without a prescription (mostly food and wine!). It may be new information to you, reinforce something you already know or just provide a chuckle. God knows, laughter is the best medicine—or at least, the only kind I can dispense over the internet.
I’m a family physician now struggling to take care of a bunch of kids who keep calling me Mom. When I’m not wiping butts, refereeing sibling rivalry and chauffeuring over-scheduled little people, I write Yes Five, a family medical blog that gives you five thoughts on all sorts of different health topics.
I started YesFive.net after years of family and friends asking me for medical advice. It was great for them—they got to talk to a doctor for free, and without having to deal with a two-week wait for an appointment and a rude receptionist! But it was great for me, too, because I got to hone my diagnostic skills during my sabbatical from practicing—and find out all kinds of juicy tidbits you’d never get to hear at parties.
More often than not, it worked out great for everybody, but I have to admit there were the occasional times when medical advice was being sought over a glass (or three) of wine, and I woke up the next morning with the horrific thought, “Oh [expletive]! Did I tell the waiter to bring over some yogurt for my sushi, then tell Helen to eat wasabi to get rid of her yeast infection?! Oh well…she’ll be fine as long as I didn’t tell her to rub the wasabi on her…oh [EXPLETIVE]!!”
Luckily, I never steered anyone too far in the wrong direction and actually, selfishly, I started to feel downright useful. Hence, the inception of YesFive.net, an online home for all of my on-the-fly medical advice — and some random thoughts, too. I can’t guarantee the accuracy, but I promise to do my best, even after a couple glasses of red. Because, regardless of the implications of serious malpractice actions brought against me by my closest peeps, I will not give up the wine. Without it, I could never consume my daily allowance of fruit.