I had a sobering exchange Sunday afternoon with a new friend. We had met recently at a conference and we were talking about suspicion and distrust between doctors and patients.
“I’d love to do a presentation showing the little thought bubbles above the doctor’s head,” he laughed. “You can’t possibly be paying attention the whole time.”
I didn’t have to answer him for him to know he hit the nail on the head. We can’t possibly be paying attention the whole time. I know the feeling of distraction all too well – from extreme fatigue, from worrying about how far behind schedule I am, from ruminating over a bad interaction with the previous patient, or most recently from massive emotional trauma (see the “Three Healers Who Listen” posts from earlier this month). Read More