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Before and After

November 10, 2016

Before I met her, she was a patient in Unit 6A Room 3 Bed 2 at BenTaub Hospital.

After I met her, I learned that she was a painter and an artist.

Before I met her, She had an extremely rare inflammatory tumor.

After I met her, I learned that her teddy bears were there more so than her doctors including me.

Before I met her, she had intestinal obstruction with a Nasogastric Tube.

After I met her, I saw her a eyes light up when I promised to share a chocolate cake with her.

Before I met her, leukocytosis was elevated due to sepsis and tumor induced cytokine storm.

After I met her, she was more concerned about my back pain than I was about her misery.

Before I met her, she had been in the hospital for 62 days.

After I met her, I noticed that the family had turned her hospital room into a home.

Before I met her, I though she was watching a TV show on her computer as a distraction.

After I met her, I learned it was Fault In Our Stars because she knew of her outcome.

Before I met her, I was focused on the opinions of the multiple consultants on service.

After I met her, I learned about her family and why trust is so fragile and easily broken.

Before I met her, I almost hated walking into a room full of such doom and gloom.

After I met her, we could talk forever about nothing and yet it was everything.

Before I met her, I was a doctor.

After I met her, I was reminded what it means to be a human being.

Before I forget to say so,

Thank you Mellisa for all that you have taught me about life and its true meaning.

After all, it is the kindness of your eyes that forever will reflect "Healing begins with Feeling". 

 

 

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