To close out the season, I’m delighted to have Dr Cara Heuser (@caraheuser) back on the show. As some listeners may remember, Cara was my guest on the pilot episode of the JNS in the spring, when we spoke about stepping up in times of crisis. Cara is a medical doctor; she’s an obstetrician who works with patients having high-risk pregnancies, and she’s also my sister.
I wanted to have Cara back on the show today to talk about two things. First, she is currently recovering from doing a live organ donation, in which she donated part of her liver to help an anonymous baby that she had never met. But, just like in our first episode, she doesn’t see this as particularly heroic; she just could, so she did.
Second, Cara has an essay coming out soon in the Green Journal (aka Obstetrics & Gynecology) on trying to balance reason and emotion as a medical professional, and in life in general. It was prompted by a specific experience she had, and I was interested to talk more with her about this tension between logic and instinct that a lot of us grapple with, even subconsciously.
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande