• leaflet

    . . .a thin triangular flap of a heart valve. . . a small book usually having a paper cover . . . a medical lit-art e-journal from The Permanente Press
  • 1

Patient As Healer

Prose, Vol 5: Iss 2

It was my first appointment after four days off to attend an unanticipated illness, death, and funeral for a beloved aunt.  I was quiet, solemn, and ready to be back at work, but … changed. My first patient was a Christian minister. Not my own denomination, but that was never relevant. He was a middle-aged, overly nourished Hispanic man, who was serious about his work and overall contented, but he was never able enough to control his type 2 diabetes despite massive insulin injections and extensive coaching.  Quickly into the visit, after the usual questions and answers and advice, he asked me what had changed in my life. I told him and tears came to my eyes. He sat with me in silence, then asked if I would like him to pray with me. I hesitated only momentarily, then said, yes. I was grateful. This was the first time a patient ministered to me. I felt healing. 

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest. Optional login below.

CONTRIBUTE TO LEAFLET

Health care professionals and employees submit your poetry, prose, and artwork for future issues. Contributions to Leaflet are submitted through the TPJ Web site. Submit here

Chalked.jpg