I’m still trying to absorb and process today. Although it was mostly normal, the end was extremely emotional for me.
There is one patient who is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met who is going through a very tough time with her health right now. Despite being sent to the ER yesterday at 5:30 and not leaving until midnight, she still went to work today where she teaches at a school for young children, and then came to a follow-up appointment with us at the end of the day.
Then, she waited, and waited, and waited.
We were very overbooked but she just kept saying “I don’t mind waiting. It means someone else is getting the help they need first.”
After hearing she’d gone to the hospital yesterday, I already was determined to see her – in the office or at the hospital – so I spent about 20 minutes just talking with her and learned her brother died only 3-days ago. I came right out and told her that I was at a loss on what I could do for her other than just being there to listen to her.
She said that was enough and my heart broke a little more.