“When will I go home?” asked the patient.
“Hopefully, by the end of the week, if everything goes well,” said the doctor.
“What do you mean by ‘if’?”
Uncertainty. It’s the one thing that is common among all hospital patients.
When is my discharge date?
How is my diagnosis affected by the other things I have going on?
How in the world will I pay my medical bills?
Why am I taking this many medications? What do …