It is difficult to find Jesus in the faces of some of my most frustrating patients... Sometimes, however, it's painfully easy to see Him.
"The world does not need more doctors. It needs more doctors that understand poetry."
We are truly, as Mat Kearney sings, one phone call, one text, one new devastating piece of information away from our knees.
We all need a savior, but few of us are willing to really admit our need for him.
Destruction takes seconds; creativity takes time.
When the chance for authentic service comes around, do we stop to help or do we pass it by?
Every diagnosis from a chronic, manageable illness like diabetes or Crohn's disease to a life-limiting diagnosis of chronic heart failure or cancer challenges us to grieve.
Though I've seen donated livers malfunction again and again due to detrimental behaviors, seeing yet another wasted, abused, mistreated donated liver is where I learned true gift.
Before anything else, remember the basics: Airway, breathing, circulation. ABC. When it comes to spiritual care, I’ve learned to do the same. Always be compassionate. ABC.
But sometimes the greatest victory is letting go. So too, good deaths allow the body to peacefully shut down instead of violently attempting to pump life back into a lifeless body.