Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Breaking My Anonymity

Ever since I started this blog, I have been writing under the pseudonym "Mia Adams." My reasoning for this was based on my own personal experience of coming across one of my health care providers on-line and my fears that she would somehow reference me (even indirectly) in her posts. Not wanting to create that same fear in my patients, I decided to use a pseudonym.

As part of that, I opened up a separate email account for this blog. However, as you may have noticed, I have not been posting as frequently as I once was. And as a result, I have also not been checking that email account very often either.

Unfortunately, I am technically unable to change my email address for this blog (as both addresses are gmail accounts which conflict with the google-based applications for blogger). But I will at least unveil the woman behind the curtain, so to speak.

My real name is Melaina and my real email account is Melaina RN at gmail dot com. So please send any correspondence to that account if you would like to receive a timely response.

I have given a lot of thought to this blog recently and am considering picking it back up again. Of course, I am thinking of potential new directions to take it in. With the advent and increased popularity of video posts, I may explore that avenue. Though for the time being, revealing my real name seems public enough, I think. :-)

But I welcome your input as well. I have received so many wonderful and supportive comments on this blog, even during my own silences. Thank you so much for the feedback. I would like this to continue to be a space that enriches the lives of my readers as well as continues to stimulate me to explore new subjects and areas, especially pertaining to issues such as quality of life, palliative care, bioethics, hospice and the end-of-life. Please send any suggestions for topics or any questions that I have left unanswered. I'm hoping with a little attention, I can bring this blog back to life.

Thank you so much for reading!