All are fair game and none need take as much time as we fear.
Disease is a process-as is life-as we ignore the narrative of our patients’ lives, what right do we have to complain about noncompliance.
Opportunity to hone efficiency and perfection could be found in fast-paced, high-volume manual occupations, from finger-packing tiny prawns to shoveling massive snowdrifts, to piling unwieldy lumber.
A desire to continue education outside of the classroom led me to Kansas for a diverse summer externship.
But I knew my purpose; three other men depended on me to work for their safety and livelihood and I had an education to fund.
After a whispered prayer for perseverance, I found the strength to continue until the work was done.
I learned that successive waves of students, interns, residents, and physicians can still leave you feeling uncared for.
I learned that the sick role often takes less out of you than it does out of your family, particularly when your recovery appears faster than your resumption of responsibilities.
It didn’t make breaking bad news any easier since I know more clearly what that really means.
It did personalize knowledge in a way that allows treatment to emphasize patient needs over disease needs.