Emotional Signposts

In the next few months, I’m going to be doing some work around children, so I needed to get an updated TB test.

Stuck in a small room with a clinician while she prepared the tuberculin, she asked me the usual pleasantry: “So, what do you do?”

I told her briefly about how I work with medical storytelling and help people connect better through narratives.

She paused thoughtfully for a minute, and said, “My dad passed away recently. In the hospital, there was one doctor who took the time to listen to my dad’s stories…” and her voice trailed off as she choked up.
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