Your face is full of attention, full of listening. How I remember that face!…. How you trusted your power of listening, your state of attention…. I know now that this is why you devoted yourself to medicine….
… well, interesting that you should ask, but, yes, there have been several such incidents that stand out for me. May I tell you one of them? The first happened a few years ago, when a patient taught me an important lesson. I met a middle-aged Native gentleman on one of my regular visits to a nearby native community. This patient had come in because of a chalazion. When we finished discussing that issue, I asked him whether he had any other concerns; he said there were none. The waiting room was quiet, and I knew no one else was waiting, so we chatted. After years of visiting the community, the man and his name were unfamiliar to me. “So where are you from, what brought you this way?”