I'M AMINA, ASK ME ANYTHING :)

Inspired by @boygirlparty
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    Welcome new listers, and hello old faithful list friends.
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    If you've been following my lists, you know:
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    I'm a full-scope family physician. I love what I do.
    Here's me with one of my closest friends after I delivered her baby (posted with permission). As luck would have it, this was the scariest and most complicated delivery I've ever done.
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    ... Even though sometimes my job leaves me in tears at the end of the day because it can be emotionally taxing....
    See this list: I FINALLY CRIED: I FINALLY CRIED.
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    ... Or amazed at life and how mysterious it is:
    See this list: A STORY ABOUT VIRGINIA: A STORY ABOUT VIRGINIA
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    ... Or laughing (not at the patient - but the situation, or sheer ridiculousness):
    See this list: GEMS DISCOVERED IN PATIENTS' MEDICAL CHARTS THIS WEEK: GEMS DISCOVERED IN PATIENTS' MEDICAL CHARTS THIS WEEK
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    ... Or flabbergasted
    See these lists: 1) FOREIGN OBJECTS I'VE REMOVED FROM PATIENTS' BODIES: FOREIGN OBJECTS I HAVE REMOVED FROM PATIENTS' BODIES IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS or 2) ...FROM BUTTS: FOREIGN OBJECTS I HAVE REMOVED FROM BUTTS
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    ... Or awkward
    See these: 1) AWKWARD THINGS THAT HAPPENED AT WORK WHILE INSPECTING THE MALE ANATOMY: AWKWARD THINGS THAT HAPPENED AT WORK TODAY WHILE INSPECTING THE MALE ANATOMY and 2) THE FEMALE ANATOMY: AWKWARD THINGS THAT HAPPENED AT WORK WHILE INSPECTING THE FEMALE ANATOMY
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    ... Or because I've downright had to do some weird things
    See this list: DISSECTING A HUMAN: DISSECTING A HUMAN
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    I also happen to be in the Army. I get to do cool things, like serve on overseas missions (most recently Japan β€” see pic). And I've learned some really cool things.
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    I almost went to Afghanistan this month, but then I didn't...
    See these lists: 1) I'M GOING TO WAR and 2) I'M NOT GOING TO WAR
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    There's a lot of stuff I am not allowed to do though, most of which I took for granted when I was a civilian.
    See these lists: 1) THINGS I WANT TO DO THE DAY I GET OUT OF THE ARMY: THINGS I WANT TO DO THE DAY I GET OUT OF THE ARMY πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ and 2) TOP FIVE COUNTRIES I WANT TO VISIT WHEN I GET OUT OF THE ARMY: TOP FIVE COUNTRIES I WANT TO VISIT WHEN I GET OUT OF THE ARMY
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    I'm married to a really great guy (@Hoogie), who has been having some writer's block recently. He is the light of my life. And he's pretty funny, too.
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    I studied journalism in college and almost became a reporter instead of a doctor.
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    If I could do anything other than my current job, I'd like to be a chef and restaurateur. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I believe that the art of making food is just as important as the final result.
    Here are a couple of my recipes: 1) chicken tikka masala: MY TRIED AND TRUE CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA RECIPE 2) best ever lemonade: BEST-EVER πŸ‹ LEMONADE πŸ‹ and 3) perfect masala chai: PERFECT MASALA CHAI
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    I love hiking. I picked it up when I moved to Hawaii four years ago. Moving here was one of the best decisions of my life.
    Here I am with a friend on the Koolau Summit Trail.
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    And the Makapu'u TomTom Trail.
    This pose was actually not death defying like the picture implies. I was really high up though, like maybe 50 stories?
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    And on the Awa'awa'puhi trail along the Na Pali Coast in Kauai.
    This was breathtaking, and scary.
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    I also love cycling.
    It's a little scary in Hawaii though because there aren't enough protected bike lanes and there are way too many cars. I haven't been doing much of this since finding out I'm pregnant because I don't want us to get hit by a car.
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    But we are leaving soon to move back to the east coast to a town about an hour outside NYC.
    I hate winter, but I am originally from the NYC metro area, so being close to friends (like my bestie @miriamrose) is really exciting. Here's me (in the yellow) in the late 80s.
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    Anyway, use the "make a suggestion" button below and ask me whatever you want, and I'll do my best to answer!
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    what's someplace you'd love to teleport to, see, and immediately leave?
    Suggested by Β  @boygirlparty
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    @boygirlparty - I would have to say somewhere in the depths of North Korea to see what's really going on. I have no desire to stay there in the event they are as cray as we hear they are, so I'd have to split really fast! Great question.
    Side note: if I could have any superpower, it would be teleportation!
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    as such a capable, intelligent, successful and strong woman, what's something you'd want to tell other women who may not feel this way about themselves?
    Suggested by Β  @boygirlparty
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    @boygirlparty - I think I started off pretty insecure. It wasn't until I started setting small goals and accomplishing those that my confidence grew. I would advise anyone struggling with confidence or fear of failure to set reasonable, achievable goals and celebrate each one. Your self-perception will make leaps and bounds and lead you to success.
    And if you have failures along the way, they won't hurt as badly if they're little ones.
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    Favorite foods of all time?
    Suggested by Β  @minhal
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    @minhal - given my Desi upbringing, I'd have to say chicken biryani. I still think my mom makes the best biryani in the world. I'm so excited to visit home next month in part because of this.
    Otherwise: buffalo wings (seitan), pizza, bagels, and really good salads (like sweet and sour kinds - I'm thinking Caramelized Peaches, Gorgonzola, cranberries, balsamic).
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    What's the strangest/craziest/weirdest thing about pregnancy so far?
    It's so weird, amiright?!
    Suggested by Β  @shanaz
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    @shanaz - oh man, just one? Maybe it's the fact that while I have only gained a couple pounds, my boobs have superdupersized... No joke, I'm on my third round of needing a bigger bra size in like two months. WHEN DOES THIS STOP!! At this rate I will be a 34ZZZZZ
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    @witchdoctorc hell yes!!! I am traveling the first few weeks in June but should be there later in the month. I hope we can hang out πŸ’•
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    If you could recommend only one island of Hawaii for someone to visit, which one would you choose?
    And why - asking for a friend. 😊
    Suggested by Β  @BWN_7
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    @BWN_7 it really depends on what they're looking for. For a little of everything, O'ahu. For pure relaxation, Maui or Lana'i. For adventuring and off-roading and volcano, Big Island. For long hikes and sheer beauty, Kauai (Na Pali coast takes 2-3 days & is one of the best hikes in the world. You can camp at a beach at the turnaround point.).
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    I'm submitting a list request to you now! I'm starting med school in July and am strongly considering family practice (and what you say you like about it is what I think I like about it), but a lot of people focus on the negatives. I need to hear about the positives! Also, do you practice in a clinic? Seems docs' experience in FM depends on context
    Suggested by Β  @claireh
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    @claireh I have SO much to say on the topic. I'd love to give you a realistic understanding of what FM is like these days in the US (though my perspective is skewed by my being a military doc). Give me a couple days to fulfill your list request.
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    What would you tell a 15-year-old you?
    Suggested by Β  @aida
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    @aida - I would tell myself that things get better. I experienced a bout of what I now recognize as depression when I was 15. I was down every day and nothing I did seemed to help. It felt hopeless... And then one day everything got better. Thanks for this question. I forget sometimes about how different my outlook was back then.
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    How come you ended up as a family physician after studying journalism?
    Suggested by Β  @yayitszeebs
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    @yayitszeebs - I actually always wanted to be a doctor but science/math are harder subjects for me. I always naturally leaned towards liberal arts and excelled at those. I had a crisis in college where I worried I was choosing the wrong career path, so I picked up a second major, wrote for the college paper, did a marketing internship, and ...
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    I really seriously considered going into journalism. My interest was specifically in print, and this was back in 2004-2008, when print newspapers were collapsing left and right in favor of web-based media and blogs (which are not true journalism). I got discouraged and decided I didn't want to be jobless and not have a stable career. I chose the ..
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    safe route. Sometimes I wonder what life would've been like if I had chosen writing instead, but I'm pretty sure I'd have been unemployed like most of my friends. I don't regret not doing it and for now I enjoy writing on Li.st. I toy with the idea of working as a medical consultant for books/TV shows/movies/news to unite my two interests.
    Maybe one day!
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    What was your childhood dream job, and is this what you are doing right now? If not why, how and why did you transit to your current job? :)
    Suggested by Β  @jasoncheng
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    @jasoncheng - when I was 5, I declared I was going to be a pediatrician. I still became a doctor, but chose family medicine because I decided I liked kids AND adults. I never thought I'd join the army though. That became more of a personal decision after 9/11, being a Muslim American and feeling like my identity and loyalty were under fire.
    Thanks for the question!
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    Hi Amina, I'm a tv producer working on a medical mystery series and would like to chat with you regarding your foreign object stories. I can be reached at holly.silber@optomenusa.com. Thanks!
    Suggested by Β  @hollyjoy1
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    @hollyjoy1 - thanks for reading my lists! I emailed you. 😁
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    Are there any movie/tv depictions of Being In The Army that get most of it right or seem very similar to your experiences?
    Suggested by Β  @bettyturbo
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    @bettyturbo - the interesting thing about being in the army is that the experience can be highly variable for everyone, though there are some things movies/tv definitely get right. I think Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan accurately depict what it's like for the soldiers on the front lines in war. M*A*S*H is pretty good, but with more antics.
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    Continued: Black Hawk Down gets Army culture right. Pearl Harbor was the freaking worst. I've seen a few seasons of Army Wives and that show is probably the most unrealistic on TV. I don't watch a ton of military themed movies or tv though (don't really like imagining myself or my buddies potentially getting blown up).
    that's all I got :) thanks for asking.
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    Who are some inspirational women (from any time in history) you'd love to invite for a power lunch if given the chance?
    Suggested by Β  @bettyturbo
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    @bettyturbo - I'd have to say 1) Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell - the first female physician in the US, to pick her brain about how she dealt with and succeeded despite all the misogyny, 2) Rosalind Franklin - hopefully to hear her rat out Watson and Crick for stealing her life's work and claiming it as their own, and 3) Senator Elizabeth Warren -
    I respect her a lot, her rise to political success, and would like to discuss ways to equalize the pay gap for women, as well as legislative changes that are needed to fix healthcare in America.