Today I am inspired to write about being kind.  

Unfortunately, the world of medicine is not always kind, nor is our society today.  While I was recently on call, I had the pleasure of being the sixth doctor called to admit a patient.  It was 11pm on a Friday.  The patient had a new complicated problem on top of a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.  The ER physician had spent hours looking for a specialist to help the patient with little success. 
I am working at a new hospital and I had just met this physician an hour or so before.  He called asking, “Can you help me?” I replied, “Of course.” The patient’s problem was complicated, but the treatment was not.  Her situation was grave and required some tough conversations.
She was not a candidate for surgery to fix her issue.  Her problem may indeed be fatal. I could not fix the situation with surgery, but I could help.  I think that I did.  I was honest, kind, and compassionate.  I took the time.
I hope she has some comfort in my words although they were not what she and her family wanted to hear. 
There are many things in life that are inconvenient, that we don’t want to do, that are difficult to do, or just seem to be not our responsibility.  Behind all of our scenarios are people.  People who just want to be treated well with honesty and respect.  Take the time to remember this story when you are inconvenienced. Take a deep breath and remember to be kind.

“There are many things in life that are inconvenient, that we don’t want to do, that are difficult to do, or just seem to be not our responsibility.  Behind all of our scenarios are people.  People who just want to be treated well with honesty and respect.  Take the time to remember this story when you are inconvenienced. Take a deep breath and remember to be kind.”  – Dr. Cindy Geocaris