Author Archives: Michael Therrien

About Michael Therrien

Physician, teacher, administrator, military officer -- and a few other roles just thrown in to make it interesting!

Lost

Written in June, 2012 I had an 80 year old lady in my office today accompanied by her two daughters. She was referred to me several weeks ago because she was fainting several times a day. Remarkably, she did not … Continue reading

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“The Reports of my Death are Greatly Exaggerated”

Mark Twain wrote the above words upon reading his own obituary in a widely read newspaper. I have not posted here in quite a while because life has been a maelstrom! I have now left the military with the completion … Continue reading

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“You are a part of my brain”

I have about two weeks left in the Air Force now. Things are winding down and I am in this netherworld — not really here and not really gone. Suddenly outside my office is an apparition from Balad. I have … Continue reading

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Moving

I hate moving. No, I DETEST moving. I have been fortunate. I have only moved several times in my life — college, medical school, home in Connecticut where I stayed for 27 years. Then we came down to Maryland in … Continue reading

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Housekeeping

I am a novice when it comes to social media. In fact, it scares me! Anyway, I am attempting to do some things with my Twitter account and this blog. Please bear with me as I muddle along my learning … Continue reading

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It’s a Wrap . . . almost

Labor Day, 2012. Four years ago on this day, I was in a state of panic. I had made this crazy decision to enter the military and leave everything behind. Everything that we had done and accumulated over 27 years, … Continue reading

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Musings in the Auditorium

Two days ago I was at a national medical conference, sitting in an auditorium watching a live cardiac procedure on a large video screen. The procedure was being performed on a patient many miles away and I was seeing the … Continue reading

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At the River

I write sitting on the banks of “our” river on the back boundary of our farm. I am the only one here. The weather continues to be idyllic. The river is low and rolls lazily in front of me, in … Continue reading

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“Field Day!”

I am an amateur radio operator licensed by the FCC since 1993. Most people know us as “ham” radio operators (NOT to be confused with CB). Each year, on the last full weekend of June, most operators participate in Field … Continue reading

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“No Man Left Behind”

Yesterday morning I went to physical fitness training with my squadron at 0645. I have a love-hate relationship with this activity. I hate the training but I love the setting and what happens there during the session. In the Spring, … Continue reading

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