Social media, email, text, IM and jumping on a quick call with someone is all well and good when you need to make a brief introduction or follow up on a pressing issue but there’s nothing like getting together in real life. Next time you find yourself trying to “stay in touch” with loved ones, professional contacts and associates of years past, aim instead to schedule a lunch, brunch, happy hour or dinner with them. You may create a unique opportunity and experience something that technology will never be able to fully replicate: An IRL connection.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.