Thursday, October 1, 2020

A New Beginning

WHITE COAT NOTES

It is overwhelming to consider all that has changed in the world since the last time I sat at my kitchen table to pen this column.

The world around me has been battered by storm after storm, both literally and figuratively. Global Warming, contentious elections, and even the threat of nuclear war have scrolled across my newsfeed. My own life has seen my family grow from a couple of newlyweds to a party of five along with the steady yet relentless expansion of my gray hair that one would associate with such a change. My practice has grown, then moved, then grown, then moved again- yet continues to be graced by the warm faces and gentle hands of those who trust me with their care. Despite the noise of life, there is comfort in the fact that no matter how much things change- they remain very much the same.


“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”

~ John F. Kennedy


Healthcare, despite the parabolic expansion of technology, remains at its basic cellular level a candid process based on the relationship between a physician and his or her patient. A relationship that runs the gambit of human emotion, and one that I am privileged to share in with so many in this community on a personal level. Now, with the help of the Coastal Breeze, I am to rejoin you for your morning cup of joe or perhaps another place you can find a few minutes to yourself.

In the few moments that I have your attention I hope to share my thoughts and admittedly limited wisdom and experiences on what matters to you. Whether it be a new challenge or a long term struggle, we will combat it together with as much levity as possible. This column is as much for you as it is for me, a public venue to share the random musings of a cluttered yet compassionate mind. Generally, since my trade involves the healthcare of others, I will endeavor to stay on related topics but even I get bored of droning on about low carb diets and flu shots. Invariably, who I am and my own personal perspective will infiltrate this medium- that’s part of medicine.

I suppose that makes who I am an important part of reintroducing this column to many of you, who undoubtedly used it to line the bottom of your birdcage. By the way, please continue to do so- recycling saves trees.

The greatest and most succinct insight into myself would be to share with you a quote about what draws many of us, including me, to this wonderful little corner of the earth we call home.

“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Given our life by the sea, and our inherent affinity towards it, it is only fitting that I would have the honor to share my thoughts with you via…The Coastal Breeze.

The format for my future commentary will vary and I hope to share with you not only my personal insight but that of some of my impressive colleagues. I would encourage you all to write me with any of your questions, comments, or impressions. I can be reached at DrPortu@shorelinephysicians, www.shorelinephysicians.com or via my Facebook Page: Carlos Portu MD.

Until next time, take an aspirin and email me in the morning.

Dr. Carlos Portu, MD is an Independent Internal Medicine specialist with offices in Naples and Marco Island and has been practicing for 16 years. He graduated from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and specializes in Adult Primary Care.

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