Doctor finds a reminder of the humanity at the heart of medicine
This moving story by Arizona Dr. Jean Robey is a delicate, well-written exploration of a patient’s decision to allow himself to pass away.
“Hello? Hello, Mr. Bertsie. It’s Dr. Robey. I wanted to call you and check on you,” I said into the phone stopping my constant wrestling with papers and resting what was in my hands on my lap. Mr. Bertsie and I were meeting in the equinox.
“Oh, hello Doctor,” he said with a little relief, a little surprise, a little delight in his voice. “I’m doing OK. I walked the dog today.”
“Mr. Bertsie. Did everything go ok yesterday?” I pressed.
“Oh yes. They were all very nice and got me right in. I am glad to be done with it,” he confessed.
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