Yet it was Logan who was heading into surgery to remove a recently-discovered brain tumor.
Hoping to assuage his fears of the daunting operation, I lent him my i Pod full of Scriabin’s music.
Though he was aware that his condition posed no lasting threat to his health, the extreme pain of the infection made him apprehensive of treatment, a soak in Povidone-iodine solution. ” I asked myself, “He is about to refuse a simple treatment for a painful ailment.” Hoping to calm him, I struck up a conversation in Spanish, which I learned while living for some months in Cuernavaca, Mexico. As he became increasingly uneasy about the impending treatment, I remembered a line from Federico García Lorca’s “Romance de la Pena Negra”: “…wash your body with the water of the lark / and leave your heart in peace.” As Enrique calmly placed his foot into the “lark’s water,” I was relieved to see that this was the encouragement he needed.
I believe that my travels have helped me appreciate the cultural backgrounds of many patients and have prepared me to be an empathetic clinician.
The author masterfully weaves together multiple elements of his unique experiences in medicine to tell a compelling story.
This an excellent example of “show, don’t tell”, whereby the author tells stories and takes the reader on a journey rather than simply listing what he did in the past.While Logan, fortunately, went on to make a full recovery after a successful surgery, I was not ready to hear those four frightening words.Perhaps I was so unnerved by those words because of my experiences with my mother’s sicknesses.My father and I try to be mentally prepared to lose her any day.With a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, my mother has struggled with suicidal tendencies for most of my life.For example, rather than explicitly stating that he did research on Bordetella pertussis, the author tells a story of a patient with Whooping cough and interweaves his research experience there, tying together a message of the future doctor’s interest in translational (from bench to bedside) research.Similarly, rather than explicitly stating he did experience A, and learned important lesson B and C, these themes are implied more indirectly.My father would remind me that I had to consider the sources of her feelings, however irrational, in order to communicate with her.Though my relationship with my mother has proved challenging, I am thankful for these experiences.I instantly knew what case I would be seeing next: Whooping cough.When I saw Brody, a toddler, I was arrested by a unique commiseration, one of both pity and curiosity. I had spent the last two years performing research on the bacteria that caused the disease, Bordetella pertussis.