This is one of those weeks on my calendar where “Doctor visit” shows up more than once. Several of those doctors have given me the gift of added useful years—e.g., cancers in abeyance, limbs and eyes in good working order. Although I thank them at every visit—“Because of you, I’m still alive and doing well”—I don’t think I’ve ever given them an account of what these additional years have meant to me. What their medical miracles have allowed to happen. How I’ve used their good gifts in good ways.
So, as a part of each of this week’s visits, I’m going to give these medical professionals a personal note. Something on the order of, “What I’ve done with the gift you gave me.” I’ll tell them about the books, the blogs and the stories. About political campaigning and election judging. I’ll briefly characterize the outcomes of ESL tutoring, mentoring and coaching. About continuing as a research subject in a longitudinal study of memory. About the exciting elements of our congregation’s life together. About my continuing roles as friend, spouse, father, neighbor and taxpayer/citizen.
These purveyors of medical miracles—orthopedic surgeon, oncologists, chemo nurses, urologist and ophthalmologist—deserve to know that their care for my health continues to result in the greater good. Something beyond just my well-being. They need to know how their work has blossomed and rippled across society, creating any number of lasting, positive results for more than just this one person. And I hope that they will understand the accumulated significance of their work across the total number of their patients for all the years they have been offering medical miracles to the world.
Yes, I’m excited! This week I’m going to take on the necessary and satisfying role of “steward of medical miracles….”
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