A woman, who also has a little girl my daughter’s age, shares similar concerns about having cancer. Should our life be taken away, we felt we would be abandoning our children, and pained that we hadn’t had enough time to teach our daughter how to take care of herself throughout life.
Ironically, each patient left me with a comfort, something stronger than I can explain. They also expressed that what I did for them was special and beyond words. Since the extent of my contact with them is over the telephone, I rarely have the privilege of meeting them. I have taken up several offers to meet, and glad to have done so. We are all human, and that closeness isn’t always apparent, unless you’re face-to-face.
That gentleman who had the heart attack kept asking for us to share a meal – even though he was barely eating. I promised that we would have lunch after the summer was over and my daughter returned to school. Unfortunately, that day never came. This is why we shouldn’t put off for tomorrow what we can do today.
I think for me part of the reason I keep that distance is to avoid putting so much more emotional stress on myself. Over time, I become close to the patient, and we create a friendship that is inexplicable. I am a very emotional person. It’s true that I cannot watch people die, but I can try to help them live.
Thank you for reading. There will not be a new post next week, but I wish you all a Happy Easter!