Beyond Captivating

Here’s a fun little fact about Yours Truly to start off the morning…


It’s true. I’ve always loved all the different medical shows that actually show you different surgeries and things taking place. TLC has some great shows, but one of my latest favorites as of this summer is NY Med.


After I realized it was on (because I always forget) I put down my Fifty Shades Freed book and tuned in to watch. Oh my gosh, I just love it. Last night, they were doing heart transplants, and to see how it all works and see it pumping correctly after the transplant? Well that, to me, is just beyond captivating.

HOWEVER…if you try to show me anything with broken noses or teeth? Ughh…I’m done. Noooo thank you. I actually used to have students come up and show me their loose teeth and I’d have to turn away. It was awful.



I was really looking forward to this meal this morning. I woke up hungrier than usual, so I was more than ready to get things cookin’.


Along with another delicious mug of hot coffee, I threw together an easy veggie scramble made with two eggs, red pepper, onions, and broccoli.


On the side, I had another piece of Banana Chocolate Chip Bread topped with a little peanut butter.


Lots of variety this morning – not quite a breakfast buffet, but close enough. Winking smile


A couple quick things…

  • You still have until this evening to enter my Barilla PLUS giveaway!
  • I’ll be hosting a Twitter party with SOYJOY about healthy work lunches at 2pm EST today! Just follow me and the hashtag #TweetJOY for a chance to win some free SOYJOY bars!

Question for the Morning:

Do you enjoy watching medical shows? What sort of medical-related things make you most queasy?


  1. says

    I think seeing real life medical procedures can be interesting, but it does make me queasy at the same time. That’s why I’ve never tuned into NY Med this summer. I do like medical shows like Body of Proof, when they use the victim’s body to catch the killer. I don’t know if you’ve seen it- it stars Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt- but it’s fantastic. There have already been 2 seasons and the 3rd is starting sometime in the spring months. I’m very excited for the show’s premiere- it almost got canceled from this year’s line up. :( Thanks to the fans, that didn’t happen.

    I’m not a big blood person. If I see someone that is drenched in blood and hurt real bad, I run away and get some help.

  2. says

    I love medical stuff and I do not really get too queasy from it! In fact, I have thought about going back to school to become a Surgical Technologist because I think surgery is very interesting stuff. I have pictures from my C-Section(awesome Dr who didn’t mind) and they are fascinating to me!!
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  3. Suzanne says

    That’s too funny, Courtney! We were both doing the same thing…I just happened to flip to NY Med last night. I had never even know this show existed. And I was indeed captivated as well. This was not Grey’s Anatomy – this was the real deal.

    I had to look away at the gorey parts, but I was so amazed and impressed. Doctors are amazing. The story of the woman with the tumor in her abdomen was so incredible. I cried the whole time. Bravo, doctors!

  4. says

    When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nurse, because my mom was a nurse, and I pretty much idolized her. One night, when my dad had to work late, my mom made mac n cheese from scratch, and we got to eat in front of the TV (a rare treat that has now turned into business as usual, sadly), and I saw that public television had a show on about a kid’s leg surgery. I was pumped to watch it, but as soon as that scalpel started cutting, I got really queasy and begged my mom to turn it off.

    I then decided I wanted to be an artist, but now I’m a writer. I still like watching medical shows, though. Just not the actual act of cutting people open. “Rescue 911” was my favorite show as a kid.

  5. Mary says

    Hi Court! I have actually been a patient at NY Pres many times. I saw my doctor on NY Med briefly. (Unfortunately he was just flirting with a resident, not doing surgery!!) I have seen Dr. Oz there a couple of times. ( just spotted, he isn’t my doc) I also can watch surgery on TV, although I’ve never seen one in real life, however anything with teeth, broken or missing, freaks me out! The plus side of this fear is I do take pretty good care of my teeth to avoid this problem. Your blog is awesome!

  6. says

    I’ve never even heard of this show! I used to be OBSESSED with Grey’s Anatomy until junior year of college when I became too busy to watch it all the time :( I still wish I could catch up and know what’s going on now, but everyone says it’s gone downhill anyways. I think I’m too hooked on Modern Family these days to take any other shows seriously!

    • Courtney says

      Yeah, I’ll agree with ya on that one – the bones going through skin can tend to make my stomach churn 😉

  7. says

    FINALLY, someone who shares my obsession with these summer med shows! Every year they have a new one (Hopkins…) and it is always the highlight of my summer. I just wish they had a permanent series, year-around, of these shows! So so good.
    I always fall in love with all of the characters, Katie is my favorite this season! And – without fail – it makes me cry every week.

  8. says

    I used to be obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy…and funny enough, that had to do more with the content than McSteamy/Dreamy :)! Along with medical shows, I love law-based shows…some of the cases are so fascinating! Although the show’s over (I think), Boston Legal was a favorite!
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  9. says

    I used to love Grey’s Anatomy but stopped keeping track of the episodes once I had gone to college. For some reason those shows don’t bother me. It’s blood and guts in real life that tend to bother me. I’m more of a Scrubs type of medical show watcher. Aka. Less of the med part. :)
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  10. says

    Oh I love medical shows, but since my mom is a nurse nothing really makes me queasy. As a kid I watched on my dad’s chest while he was getting his knee fixed since he put a chain saw through it. My mom and I would have “gruesome” conversations at dinner with my best friend, and she would beg us to stop.

    Speaking of teeth, yesterday I broke my tooth and I took a picture on my phone and texted it to my mom to show her! I will say working at a school I see loose teeth all the time, and offer to pull them too! Oh yeah, the more gruesome the better!
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  11. says

    I’m the same way with medical shows! I can watch the transplants and stuff like that, but a nose job ick ick! Makes me cringe!! Which is weird since I’ve broken MANY bones before, so you think I’d be used to seeing/experiencing that stuff.
    Yumm, your egg breakfast looks delightful! I think I may need to try out that banana bread recipe! I have about 3 bananas that are basically black right now! Perfect for banana bread!!
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  12. Morgan says

    I love NY Med too! I am a nurse, but hated the hospital setting so now I work in an office as a Case Manager. Watching medical documentaries always make me want to go back to working acute care….but then I remember the crazy hours and the commitment it requires and I decide I am very happy where I am at :0). They do these medical documentaries every summer (last year was Boston Med), but I wish they had them on all year round because they are so fascinating!

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