I go to work, and my patients light me up :)
My very first patient in clinic today- Mr. X and his wife, whom I have followed since he was first diagnosed- we have formed such a strong bond in just a few clinic visits...
I was greeted with a warm hug by him as soon as I walked into the room. It's truly a warm, gratifying feeling. I truly love what I do- you know why? I feel like I'm making a difference and working with my patients is a constant reminder of what matters in my life, it puts everything into perspective.
Honestly, being in medicine, if there's one thing you learn- it's to appreciate every small thing that you have.
My 80 year old patient whom I saw in the VA today, was such a sweetheart. As I wrapped up our clinic consultation, he asked me again for my full name, and then asked for a name card. *laughs*
Then, the next patient who walked in, my 76 year old patient, we had a great conversation going on- about history, politics, his involvement with war, his travel experiences- I told him he certainly does not have a brain of a 70+ year old. He laughed, and said that's why he sometimes gets called a "snob". I replied "you're not a snob if you are respectful of others, and are not condescending, you know?" - and he agreed.
Then, after a while later, we shook hands, and he asked if I was going to be back here for his next follow-up.
Awww... what a day :) I heart my patients (lol)
The custodians were also clowning today. One of them, when I walked past him, shouted in the hallway 'PLEASE don't leave me. Don't leave me"- then broke off into a song and his partner laughed along. I waved goodbye to the 2 boys and laughed.
Honestly, this morning, I was so exhausted mentally.... and what was so strange.
It was like deja vu.... it took me back to the time when I was in the call room as an intern... *I won't go into detail here* but it felt exactly like that moment.
Evan sent me an unexpected text message, that was really heart-warming and uplifting. It's such a nice feeling knowing that your dear friend all the way in Australia was thinking of you, and even sweeter to know that he read your blog and found out that you weren't doing too well, and was checking up on you :) It definitely brought a big smile inside.
That's what you call friends for life- we've been friends for over 10 years now. Again, I can't say how lucky I am to be blessed with gems in my life. It's god's way of giving you angels.
Sue Sue :)
A buddy joked and said he's gonna parade me around town.
I corrected him and said that sounded wrong, it should be "parading the town to me".
Then he said "Please, you're the eye candy of the heme/onc department, not to mention a total smarty"... and we bantered for a bit.
My work friends and I as you can tell, we share a very healthy fun working relationship lol