One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 26, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday was a great day that we got to share with our entire family. For a brief period of time my wife and I had our entire family plus two fiancées under the same roof. That was a great gift for us.
My family on Christmas morning.
We also got to share Christmas with two new friends who both work for Southeastern Health and had to be on call as physicians. They got to be part of some of our family rituals of prayer, eating, and all being crowned royalty with our “Christmas Crackers”.
Crackers were invented in the mid-1840’s by a London pastry cook named Tom Smith, and have been an integral part of British holiday fun and tradition for over 150 years. In its simplest form, a cracker is a small cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly colored twist of paper and containing a paper crown (tissue party hat), a motto (British joke or riddle), and a small gift or novelty item.
Photo below is after dinner all of donning our crowns.
My wife got to be good friends with Dr. Kendra Blount (far right in photo above) by frequently working out with he. Kendra came to Lumberton, NC earlier this spring.
Kendra is a general surgeon and joined the medial team at Southeastern Surgical Center in Lumberton, N.C. Previously, she practiced in Bar Harbor, Maine. She completed her medical degree at Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her residency at the Hospital of Saint Raphael/Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
The Friend-KENDRA BLOUNT
The Friend of a friend-MICHAEL POPOVIC with Mira Kenney
Is there a doctor in the house?
Michael Popovic is only been in Lumberton for a short period of time but he has gotten to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family.
Mike Popovic joined the medical staff of Southeastern Health and provides care at Southeastern/Lumberton Urology Clinic.
Mike is from Canada and earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 2004 and worked for one year as a clinical pharmacist at the Detroit Medical Center in Detroit. He then pursued a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, which he completed with distinction in 2009. He completed a urology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2014. Popovic then continued his education with another year of training at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, completing a urological oncology fellowship before coming to Lumberton.
He like Kendra had to work on Christmas and even performed a surgery. He was late arriving but we enjoy having him in our home.
(l-r) Mira Kenney and Mike Popovic.
On Christmas Day the old question of “Is there a doctor in house?”was answered yes by our family. Hope Mike and Kendra will join us again soon.