I was working in an urgent care clinic when I walked into the exam room to see my next patient. He was a six-year old who primarily spoke Spanish, with some broken English. Jose’s mom was with him, she only spoke Spanish. I sat down and picked up the phone receiver to contact our translator service. With the Spanish interpreter on the line I was able to proceed. I then asked ...

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I was working as a PA in an internal medicine office seeing patients.  One afternoon, I was in the clinic hallway when I saw an elderly looking wife in her 60s actually pushing her husband into the next exam room.  He had his heels dug into the floor, but she was winning, due to his obvious shortness of breath and audible wheezing. I walked in behind the medical assistant who ...

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I was working in the bone marrow transplant clinic of an internationally known cancer center.  When I looked into the patient’s faces,  I saw hope as they were being worked up for a possible transplant. I went into see a new patient.  She had leukemia and had relapsed after her remission.  Her sister would be the donor. Gretchen, age 19 came in with her mom for the appointment.  She was tall, youthful ...

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