I'm not a nurse, but sometimes wish I were. I'd like to do more of (some of the) hands-on care of people as well as managing their health, but I'm sure I'm glamorizing nursing! :)
I live in Pennsylvania, but have lived in several states around the country. I love to travel, read, snorkel, cook, spend time in nature (as long as it doesn't involve sleeping on the ground), watch good movies and TV shows, and am enjoying learning about photography. Most of all, I love spending time with my adult children and their spouses. I'm extremely fortunate that at the moment; all my kids live within 30 minutes of home for the first time in more than a decade!
I'm here because I love medicine, and after nearly 38 years of it, I'm no less passionate about helping people; if anything, aging and having gone through the typical (and some less typical) illnesses, I am more determined than I was in my youth to help in whatever way I can. In the past I've volunteered to run free medical clinics for the uninsured, the addicted, and the mentally ill.
All my children are grown and out of the house, and I'm not able to do the more physically demanding hobbies I used to enjoy (like farming!), so I spend some of my free time here, hoping to make a contribution.
Why Stack Exchange?
I love the English language, and stumbled across my first SE site, English Language & Usage, about a year and a half ago and was hooked. I greatly appreciate the model of authoritative answers with sources, and I learned so much about the language I've spoken for most of my life (my first language was French.)
I'm hoping to help build this site into one that reaches and helps a large number of people in a way that only the Internet can.