The Articles of Arne Vainio, M.D.
My name is Arne Vainio, M.D. I’m an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. My Ojibwe name is Ogimaabines and I’m of the Eagle Clan. I’m a physician practicing on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
As a doctor, I feel my primary role is that of a teacher and hopefully I can do this in a series of articles. My goal is to address complicated medical issues in a way that makes sense, and to empower people to take part in their own health care. This will include what I see as a physician and how that relates to and touches me. Even though I am a physician, my story is not all that different from stories I see every day. My family history is the family history of Native families everywhere.
Please choose an article to read.
Article 1: An exemplary teacher.
Article 2: A little background information.
Article 3: "Is it worth it?", accepting amputations as the eventual outcome of diabetes
Article 4: Thoughts on a mentor, father-figure, and remarkable gentleman
Article 5: The ABC’s of diabetes
Article 6: Cutting short his rides with Albert
Article 7: Dr. Haller's Death
Article 8: Shaken Baby Syndrome
Article 9: Arne's Health Article
Article 10: GERD
Article 11: I Don't Have Diabetes
Article 12: Suicide: The effect on those left behind
Article 13: Thanks to those who helped me swim
Article 14: The words came back to haunt me, but today I am grateful
Article 15: Caring for Alvina
Article 16: Shoulder!! The importance of prenatal care
Article 17: The white coat symbolizes a lifelong commitment to medicine and service
Article 18: Being open and honest about the fear of seizures
Article 19: Walking into the unknown
Article 20: There is no place on Earth I would rather be
Article 21: He cooked her meals and patiently fed her with a spoon
Article 22: Red on the outside, white by whose standard?
Article 23: Today is the day he's leaving for camp
Article 24: I just knew something wasn't right
Article 25: How could this happen to me?
Article 26: There is nothing you can do to stop me
Article 27: I wanted him to hear her laugh
Article 28: Family is most important
Article 29: Everyone is here for a reason, everyone has a purpose
Article 30: I think I could have saved him
Article 31: Thank you for your gift to us all
Article 32: You need to hold my hand
Article 33: How do you want to be remembered?
Article 34: Did I properly honor his sacrifice?
Article 35: Life takes some interesting turns
Article 36: If you can't help me, then just say so
Article 37: I wouldn't miss this for anything
Article 38: A good day for a Powwow
Article 39: Flowers for the living, I always say!
Article 40: An Open Letter to My Nephew
Article 41: The Red Guitar
Article 42: I wanted this day to be over
Article 43: It was a beautiful spring day and I was on call
Article 44: Medicine used to be a calling
Article 45: It's been a year since my great aunt Emma died
Article 46: Few words were exchanged and few were needed
Article 47: Doctors wanted. Apply within.
Article 48: Today was the day Chief Buffalo’s pipe was being honored
Article 49: I thought I might stop writing
Article 50: We're going to Luxembourg this summer
Article 51: The Luxembourg American Cemetery
Article 52: Winter is coming and I’m not ready for it
Article 53: I just got back from Atlanta
Article 54: Welcome to our land
Article 55: Welcome to our land, Part 2
Article 56: I wish things could have been different between us
Article 57: The right words will come when they’re needed
Article 58: I will ALWAYS be your friend
Article 59: Only the memories remain
Article 60: Can you tell the story of how you became a doctor?
Article 61: Believe that what you have to say is important
Article 62: It's the only thing I have left for you
Article 63: Collard greens for Pope
Article 64: Doing more to support our Native youth in medicine
Article 65: What does it take to become a physician?
Article 66: Tonight he travels without me.
Article 67: My stethoscope is broken.
Article 68: Graduation Day
Article 69: Homecoming
Article 70: I thought I had more time
Article 71: Water is life
Article 72: Christmas is coming
Article 73: It's never too late to save things