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Martina Nicholson
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Attended University of Santa Clara
Lives in Santa Cruz, California
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Stop the TPP.  We must require real review.  It is supposedly coming up for review in Congress on Monday.  Please write your congressmen and say you oppose this!  
Fast Track would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other pending trade deals to be rushed through Congress, circumventing ordinary review, amendment and debate procedures. 

Stopping Fast Track is the single most important thing we can do to prevent corporate trade agreements that threaten to:

Destroy livelihoods and accelerate the global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions
Further commodify agriculture, trample food sovereignty, hurt small farmers and contribute to forced migration
Enable new attacks on democratically-enacted environmental and consumer protections
Undermine global economic stability by prohibiting effective regulation of financial markets
Reduce access to life-saving generic medications, increase health-care costs and constrain innovation on the Internet
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I am really upset by the finding that the aquifer has been contaminated by the acids and toxic waste from fracking.  We need to ban fracking in California.  Our water is sacred and SCARCE.  We need to protect it from this malicious use, which is destructive, and potentially will make all our aquifer useless for our consumption.  
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fascinating, and hard to face, for someone who has loved it and stuck with it, with all that co-opting which comes along with the work.  It is certainly a problem to be faced, that many of us are too fear-based.  But this week, as I retire, I feel the sadness, the grief, of leaving my doctor-patient relationships of the past 25 years, the depth of which can never be replaced.  
The gifts of burnout have been the rediscovery of my humanity, my desire, my creativity, my purpose, my own healing, and my love.
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Thanks so much Ken!  I will do it in a different way, I understand.  I am glad that I got to read a poem at the poetry reading on the 18th, called "Donkey Ambulance".  It is dedicated to Paul Farmer, MD, and is about Haiti, and about a woman being brought carried on a pallet between two donkeys to a small health center.  She is pregnant and has appendicitis, I think.  I have been so grateful that here, we can treat it.  Not long ago, a woman like this came in at 29 weeks, and we did the laparoscopic appendectomy, which went very smoothly, and she did not go into preterm labor.  I did her c/section, which was a repeat c/section at term, and there were no adhesions around her appendix.  Everything went fine before, during and after that life-saving surgery.  I have been able to experience the joy of a healthy and safe mom-going-through-pregnancy twice since I wrote the poem--- and I have been so glad to have access to care here.  So it is an immense thing, to remember surgery in that way, as a life-saving and wonderful act.  But I understand that your work is also life-saving and wonderful, and what each of us tries to do every day, in our work--- it all matters!  THANK YOU!  I love H.O.P.E. as a way to do it!  
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At the end of December, I was sending this letter to my patients, telling them I am retiring.  In an effort to try to give a bit of closure, and to thank my patients, and to wish them well, I felt impelled to get this into the mail.  It surprises me how few...
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Retirement, and the Goodbye Party
I have been trying for 6 months to get myself ready, and to begin to know  how to do this, how to "let go, and let God," in this part of me which always felt like the biggest part of me, and of what I was called to be and do.  And yet, Rachel said, "walk ou...
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Gay rights
I have been thinking about what happened yesterday in Ireland, that same-sex marriage was made legal by a referendum with about 70% of the popular vote.  Finally, a safety of equality before the law, in at least one country,  for gay people!  For much of my...
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Eulogy (just my part) for Dr. Joan Barber
Joan graduated from medical school with honors in 1971.  The following year Patsy Mink, who was a congress woman in Hawaii, got Title IX passed in Congress, which gave women equal access to higher education.  Patsy’s dad was a doctor, and she wanted to beco...
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Goodbye letter to patients
At the end of December, I was sending this letter to my patients, telling them I am retiring.  In an effort to try to give a bit of closure, and to thank my patients, and to wish them well, I felt impelled to get this into the mail.  It surprises me how few...
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This is my goodbye letter to my patients.  I have been aware that very few doctors seem to write a letter to the patients, to try to make a tiny bit of closure as they retire.  I did not think that sending a letter saying they can get their records sent on in such-and-such a way was sufficient.  I am really really going to miss the doctor-patient relationships I have had with my patients.  There is no easy way to acknowledge the depth of this, and how dear they are to me.  But I sent out this letter, as an attempt.  My last day is 1/31/15.  

To my dear patients:
I would never find a good time for retiring, for saying goodbye.  As you probably have heard me say,  I have been having a very hard time keeping up with the computer, with the details which are needing attention, with having enough patience with all the things we need to do, so that your care is as good as it can be.  I will miss you all, but I know that it is time for me to let younger and more energetic doctors do this job.  I have been tired, and I don’t think I am as quick-witted as I used to be!  I am grateful that I do not have a life-threatening illness, or a big huge new stressor.  I feel glad that I can try to give more of my attention to my own family now, and to enjoy some time being healthy!   My retirement will begin January 31, 2015.  

I want to believe that you are taking good care of yourself, doing your daily exercise, eating right, and not letting yourself be bullied.  I want your children to grow up smart and strong, and for your life and your relationships to be healthy and happy!   I am hoping that the next doctor you see really does engage you as a caring provider!   I think the younger doctors will have an easier time with the computer than I do, and that will make it easier to keep up the charting.  

I believe the next big frontier in medicine is the mind;  and it is coming to pass, that more attention will be given to how to help people stay more mentally healthy as we age.  I envy the younger doctors who will have better tools for helping people to stay strong and healthy, and also probably have less guess-work.  

The kind of private practice which we have here at Harbor Medical Group has had some very hard stresses;  as the majority of doctors move into bigger corporate practices.  We have tried to be flexible and to be accessible to our patients;  but the costs of delivery of care are rising, and it has been a big stress for us to try to juggle this problem, too.   

If you need your records to be sent to another doctor, please send a signed record release form.  If you have received routine Obstetric or Gynecologic care, unless you have had an ongoing problem or need your pathology report from a previous surgery, your next doctor may not need these records. 

I do not think it is easy to form a healthy doctor-patient relationship, and so I hope you will have patience with your next doctor, to try to teach them how to do it! Because I know it is a relationship which is precious and worth having, and it DOES make a difference in getting the best care.  


I thank you for your love and support, and kindness, and loyalty to me.  As I said, it would never be easy, or the right time to say goodbye. 

With love and hope for all of our futures, 
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thinking about retirement, and how it is not such a "tra-la-la" experience.  But then, a good many things are also much more complicated and emotionally difficult than is commonly admitted.  I read an article in MEDSCAPE today, about the difference between grief and complicated grief, where major depression fits in to the puzzle.  This is a truly horrendous emotional state, and we need to try to help people experiencing it to get better.  One of the articles today spoke about ketamine as a drug to help refractory depression.  Now they have also found that laughing gas, called officially Nitrous Oxide, can also help lift depression.  This is actually wonderful news, and hopefully can be incorporated into Emergency room and Urgent care protocols.  I hope this will be soon.  I am very hopeful that NAMI is going to make a big difference in people's awareness and the ability to do better treatment of mental illness.  IF you do not belong, please consider paying $35/year, and getting the NAMI newsletter, which is a great source of information about advocacy for mental health.   
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Please write to your congress people and tell them you are against weakening the regulation of banks.  We MUST stop them from doing another fiasco expecting taxpayers to bail them out!  STOP section 630 from being inserted into the budget!  PLEASE!  
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Santa Cruz, California
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Ventura, California - Vienna, Austria; Ybycui Paraguay; Guadalajara, Mexico: Brooklyn New York
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I am trying to age gracefully, with a deep faith in life. I think a lot about the Gospels. I am fascinated by the changes in the world as we know it, especially in comparison to the rural and time-immemorial way life was lived when I was in the Peace Corps, in 1972-74, in Paraguay.  I am fluent in Spanish.  I write poems, and also sing and play the guitar, and have written some songs.  I majored in college in philosophy, and minored in German.  I am so lucky to be still getting together with wonderful  friends who shared the junior year abroad in Vienna, Austria in 1970-71.  My Santa Clara University friends are also very important in my life.  I am very proud of my two sons, who are young men, now.  I am so lucky to have them in my life!
Being an Ob-Gyn is my passion and  life-calling.  I have tried to be the best doctor I can be for my patients.
If you want to buy the poetry books, mail a check to me at P.O. Box 890, Soquel, Ca. 95073, and I will mail them to you. The first book is called "My Throat is full of Songbirds" and the second is "Walking on Stars and Water". The third book is called "Bread for the Stardust Pilgrims." The 4th book, "Fiesta for the Camarillos", is a family memoir in poems, and has photos; it is $12.95.  The new book the 5th, is called "Rose Windows in the Cathedral of Mary".  It is about the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  It is a set, with the idea being that each poem is like a window in an imaginary cathedral.  It is currently $8.  If you want the whole set of 5 books, it is now on-sale for $40, including shipping.  
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Mom to Andreas and Sebastian, wife to Greg
Education
  • University of Santa Clara
  • UAG, Guadalajara Mexico
    Medical School, 1978 - 1982
  • Maimonides Medical Center
    OB-GYN residency, 1983 - 1987
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