Wednesday, September 04, 2013

88th Birthday

So we did something unorthodox yesterday.
A patient of mine, a dear old woman with diabetes, was turning 88. She mentioned when I saw her last week that she thinks lonely old women should have an expiration date of about 80 years, and there's no reason she should live to beyond.
I told her I'd take none of that. My role as her physician was to keep her until she was 100.
However it saddened me too to hear how her husband died 7 years ago, and with the exception of one son, her other kids didn't care.
And so after work yesterday, on the spur of the moment, Kristin and I packed up the kids, and went to the store to pick up a cake. And made a stop at her home.
She lived in a humble trailer home, surrounded not by material things, but by dozens of pictures of now-gone family. She wasn't expecting anyone to bring her cake, so in we went with the kids. We got the cake out and all, especially Alli, sang her Happy Birthday.
I swore to myself that she shouldn't have to celebrate her birthday without at least a cake.
I was glad we were able to do it for her.

9 Comments:

Blogger suanie said...

what kind of cake? sugarless i hope :P

p/s: this was very nice and i was very touched.

9:15 PM  
Blogger iml said...

This is so so thoughtful of you. I'm sure she smiles every time she recalls those happy moments blowing out the candles and Ali's singing. If only we have more of Dr vagus in this cold hard material world.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i need a like button here :)

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is awesome! :)

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your rewards are great in heaven! You are God send!

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are teaching your children good values.

4:37 AM  
Blogger ShuYun said...

You're an awesome person, as always. I agree that the world will be a better place if there are more of kind hearted Dr Vagus.

You've once left an encouragement in one of my blog posts when I was feeling down after a failure of securing PhD funding. I'd successfully persevered through the barrier in mid 2012 and is currently in Cambridge for my studies. Thank you for that unforgettable encouragement. You might have forgotten about it, but I certainly have not.

I have always enjoyed your blog. Cheers! ^^

11:20 AM  
Blogger aliendoc said...

good for you!

6:53 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

Thanks for the kind words. And no, it wasn't sugarless cake ;)

8:31 PM  

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