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Elder Loss - Remember Me
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They say that deaths tend to run
In the last month, I first heard
of one of my favorite patients death when we returned from London. Adelle
was a fighter and had a spirit that wouldn't quit--one of those exceptional
patients. I had cared for her when she was able to fulfill her life long
dream to visit Jerusalem and climb the thousand steps, a feat I considered
amazing, knowing her history of arthritis and multipe foot surgeries for
club feet as a child. Adelle kept our wedding announcement in her Bible,
close to her heart. The last time I saw her in the office, she knew without
me saying anything, that I was leaving the office. She had that extra something,
call if "faith" or "spirit" that keep people going long after other would
survive. She will be missed.
Since my early days of medical
school, I had always had an affinity for the Veterans. There were many
time when my interactions with patients at the Veteran's Administration
Hospital (in Martinez as a student, and in Fresno as a resident) would
be what got me through the day.
Christina Rosetti 1830-1894
Last updated December 10, 1998
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I heard this past week that
one of my favorite Veteran's patients that I had taken care of during this
past Spring passed on, in his sleep. Ernest was a great patient. Every
time I saw him he was happy and would not be complaining. He was grateful
for whatever we were doing for him. He was concerned that with his facial
cancers, that he would not be able to carry out his Legion Activities,
that people might be too afraid to look at him. We decided that wearing
a hat might help. I had heard that he had been sick, and hospitalized for
another heart attack, but by this time, his care had been turned over to
others. He was another one with an incredible spirit, and a will to live.
He too will be missed.