Saturday, April 16, 2011
grateful for - Vintage resilience
I have returned to work for 3 half days a week. Well in fact more like 3/4 days by the time paper work is done and arrive home about 2.30-3pm. Getting my nappy brain into gear has being a bit of a challenge to my confidence. However I have been reflecting on my consulting style and finding now as a mother how this tempers my approach.
I have been doing this now for 16 years. Hard to believe. You get to see the highs and lows of humanity. Overall it has been a privlege to be part of people's lives. To have their trust.
There is a cohort of patients that I really love to see. Women of a certain vintage that are still standing strong. Often they are widowed or have never married. They are of average age 83 years. They are fiercely independent. They usually don't have much wrong with them, usually on little or no medication and have some strong but simple health beliefs. They never complain about being "tired" and don't request a full body CT scan or serum rhubarb (medical slang for every test under the sun). They often just come in for a chat. More like a social visit. They often live alone and many of their friends have passed away. I love listening to their take on things and they give me great advice about being a Mum and raising children.
They make my day.
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