One Amazing Thing…

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First, a disclaimer. The title of this post is plagiarized. Ok, not plagiarized, maybe inspired. This is the title of a book by an Indian American author where a bunch of people stuck in an adverse situation tell each other “one amazing thing” about their life..

One amazing thing that I realized today is how a positive attitude can be the best medicine…As part of a team trying to give hope to patients who are extremely sick (creepy sick, as we sometimes call them), I have witnessed several instances recently where we give our patients a poor prognosis (based on scientific data and experience), but they prove us wrong, refusing to believe us, letting their positive attitude guide them. It is at once gratifying and humbling to be proved wrong when the patient turns a corner.It also serves as a reminder that we do not save lives on our own, we are merely tools that a higher power uses to fulfil the destiny of people who have placed their lives in our hands…

I know this is getting too serious, but I needed to put it out there, since this thought has been dominating my cerebral cortex all day…

This is also a reminder to me to never give up, not for my patients, not for myself..

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve their turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing left in you

Except the will which says to them, GO ON!

From: “If” by Rudyard Kipling (quoted from memory, may have inaccuracies in the verse)lone cypress tree

This is the Lone Cypress Tree standing tall, and alone for 300 years along the California coast..

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