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When a doctor shares “his” (her) pain with you

I like my doctor, a lot. He’s my husband’s doctor as well. He’s conservative in his approach which we really like. He’s also very much into holistic health and if there’s a way to accomplish something without a pill, that’s his first approach. He definitely exemplifies that part of the Hippocratic oath that states, “First do no harm”.

I wish more doctors were like him.

Well, anyway I had an appointment with him yesterday, just a check-up on my every fluctuating thyroid levels. He was impressed with my weight loss and my exercise routine.

I asked him about his family and he shared that he was having a hard time adjusting to the “empty-nest”.  I had assumed this was a recent occurrence and when I asked how long ago his daughters had left, he said “four years”. I was a little surprised.

So I shared with him. how difficult it had been for us when our children moved out. We were never those parents that said, “We can’t wait till the kids move out.” I encouraged him that he would adjust eventually.Now, why am I sharing this story? Because if you’re like me, you have a tendency to think that people like doctors don’t have the same issues the rest of us do.

Now, why am I sharing this story? Because if you’re like me, you have a tendency to think that people like doctors don’t have the same issues the rest of us do. And you might not think to offer them encouragement. But why don’t we?

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Why don’t we understand that all people can benefit from our encouragement? That any time we feel the urge to offer some encouragement, we should. It’s really that simple.

At the moment, I’m watching Hillary Clinton giving a speech somewhere. Would I encourage her if I thought she needed it and I had the opportunity? What about Donald Trump? Isn’t it funny how we think that showing kindness to someone is subject to what we perceive as their “status” in life?

We often read about how Jesus reached out to the poor and disenfranchised people. And he did.

But he was as kind and compassionate to those who were rich and in positions of power, also.

So the next time you feel the need to show encouragement to anyone, don’t be put off by their “position”; they might need your encouragement even more.

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God bless and have a good day.

 

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  1. Having MS, secondary hyperparathryoism, hypothyroidism, and mental illness, I take more medications than I count, and I have a host of doctors. They all talk to me like I’m a real person, but I’m a little less than enamored by my neurologist. It’s just his ‘bedside manner’ I think.

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