Yesterday I was getting a patient from the ED whose admitting diagnosis was "altered mental status due to hepatic encephalopathy". They had stopped taking their lactulose, so their mind was fuzzier than usual. Patients who struggle with alcoholism that result in altered mental status can be a difficult population to keep patience with. They are … Continue reading Be Kind. Pt 2.
Recently, I had a patient thank me at the end of my shift. He said, "Thank you for being kind", and proceeded to tell me how him and his wife have a sign above their mirror in their house that says "Be kind." He explained that it is so much easier to just be kind. … Continue reading Be Kind.