When you wake up at Grandpa's house, he wants you to make up your bed before you do anything else. Even before you go to use the potty or even brush your teeth! Grandpa also has a lot of rules about how he wants the bed to look. And we know that's true because he didn't like the way we did it.
Mom? Don't tell Grandpa this but me and Isaiah figured out that if we ask Grandpa to SHOW us how to do it, next thing you know it's done. So every day we ask him to teach us. Then all that's left for us is to put the pillows back on top.
When Grandpa was showing us how to fix the bed, he said that the problem with how people make the beds these days is that they do a half-ass job. I asked him what half-ass meant and he said to ask you. But don't worry 'cause my brother said he knew what it meant.
Zachary, Age 7 3/4
P.S. You and Dad said you were going to write us pen-pal letters but so far it seems like you're doing a half-ass job.
Honestly? I write this blog to share the human aspects of medicine + teaching + work/life balance with others and myself -- and to honor the public hospital and her patients--but never at the expense of patient privacy or dignity.
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"One writes out of one thing only--one's own experience. Everything depends of how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give."
~ James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
"Do it for the story." ~ Antoinette Nguyen, MD, MPH
Details, names, time frames, etc. are always changed to protect anonymity. This may or may not be an amalgamation of true,quasi-true, or completely fictional events. But the lessons? They are always real and never, ever fictional. Got that?