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A Piece of My Mind
November 26, 2014

Engaging to No Avail

Author Affiliations
  • 1Board member, Association of Health Care Journalists, Columbia, Missouri; independent journalist, Pound Ridge, New York

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JAMA. 2014;312(20):2097-2098. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12935

It was about 5 am when I gave up trying to sleep through a queasy stomach. I wondered about that as I headed for the shower because stomachaches are unusual for me, and nausea even more so.

As a health care journalist, I knew to pay attention to unusual symptoms. But other things were on my mind, namely, the guests coming for lunch and a complicated soup recipe I wanted to test out on them. The dawn promised spectacular autumn weather for an after-lunch hike, and I wasn’t going to let a stomachache mess with my plans.