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I had a great moment Friday.  I was talking with a group of physicians.   We were talking about diagnoses of children.  A doc that takes care of adults said to the Peds doc, “John, you can put the diagnosis as ‘FLK.’  Do you know what an ‘FLK’ is?”   John is a pediatric plastic surgeon which means he’s the one operating on children born with craniofacial abnormalities like cleft palates.   My mind immediately went to my FLK post from just a few days prior.

John’s facial expression and tone grew firm.  He made eye contact with the other doc and replied, “None of my patients are FLKs.  They’re not funny-looking.”

You, go!  I was proud of him.

Sacred Space

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As much as I sometimes hate the hospital, I can’t help but feel that it is almost a sacred space.  Leaving work the other day I saw a middle-aged women sobbing uncontrollably on her way to the parking garage.  Her teenage daughters were holding her up and pushing her onward.  I don’t know what their family’s tragedy was and never will. But I know that their lives were changed forever. I just hope that the nurses and staff were a sign of mercy and grace to this family in their time of need.

It’s an honor to touch their lives and do our best to relieve their suffering.