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The "Thank You"

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The "Thank You"

Gratitude can be transformative.

Today wasn’t less busy than any other day this week. Like many ED's across the country, we are boarding many patients. The acuity of our ill patients is high at baseline, and combined with influenza season, many hospitals are at capacity and still trying to function. Stress levels are peaking, and staff is overworked and underpaid, at a time of the year when money tends to be stretched thin to start with. It's been a tumultuous week. But I had an experience this morning that set the tone for my day and in turn, set a gratitude chain in motion...

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This Would Not Be a Grand Resuscitation

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This Would Not Be a Grand Resuscitation

Her name rolled around in my mouth like a smooth marble. It was the kind of name you don’t hear much anymore. Then, I looked at her birthday on her patient information sticker. The year was the nineteen twenties. It made me think back to the days of roaring twenties, flappers and the Great Depression. But in her case, it was real depression that brought her to me.

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