Eric Hodson

October 8, 2018
woman in hospital scrubs


If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
September 20, 2018

Just Say No

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November 7, 2017

Dear Margaret

In our "Dear Patient" series, providers share their experiences by talking to the patients that left a mark in their life.
October 26, 2017

What If I Killed Someone?

Despite the 10 hours of tattoo work that he flaunts from between the buttons of his hospital gown, a lab draw is still more terrifying than a policeman's taser. I donate blood every year, and that 16 gauge straight needle stays in the whole time. I don't need a tattoo to prove I'm tough. My service to my community is twice as scary as taking a bullet, and blame, for a friend trying to steal a car. At least, that's what my patient thinks. But every once in a while, a patient tells you something that makes you think.
October 3, 2017

Self Maintenance

How effective can we be if we don’t take care of ourselves? And the worst of it is, I’m cutting a piece of myself every day hoping that sacrificing myself today will somehow make tomorrow better. And every day my patient reminds me that there is no bigger lie.
September 7, 2017

Do Not Fear Disaster

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May 4, 2017

My First Loss

I went to an EMT class over the summer between my first and second year. It was a great program, taught by a crusty old Paramedic with more horror stories than I had ever imagined. One day in particular I remember best. He came to the front of the class and showed us accidents that he had seen. Cars and bodies mangled and disfigured in ways I could never have imagined possible. Watching us cringe, he put down the remote to the slide show.
April 5, 2017

Modesty, Privacy, Dignity

If the person at the time of disrobing has all their facilities, then the hospital gown may seem better suited for a fraternity initiation stunt then the first step into the most advanced medical care in the world. For most patients, conscious or otherwise, the hospital gown is rarely a confidence booster.
April 3, 2017

A Letter To Those Grieving. Step 1: Push In

I want to give you a roadmap for what you are about to experience, to offer you hope and encouragement that this terrible thing does not have to be the thing that destroys you.
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