In upcoming weeks I will be speaking at several different hospitals about my husband’s and our family’s wildly varying experiences with hospitals and treating physicians during the course of his terminal illness.
I have been told no one remembers hearing from a patient’s family at hospital rounds. This does not surprise me. Who, after all, would want to continue revisiting and answering questions about such dark days? I do it in honor of my husband, a physician who dedicated his professional life to trying to deliver better health care to everyone.
While I am a great believer in telling people what they have done well, I think in this realm there is little room for improvement if one hears only the good stories.
It remains within my wheelhouse to recount the good and the bad in excruciating detail. As for my own style of delivery, which could not be more different than my husband’s gentle diplomacy; let’s just say my father-in-law never laughed so hard as he did when I once described myself as a wallflower. Continue reading “Three Seasons in Hell”