I’m sorry for getting mad at you at your last appointment. I wish our last time together could have been more pleasant.
I have to admit I got frustrated often taking care of you. You would just stop taking your medications, wouldn’t go to the specialty appointments we lined up for you, and wouldn’t go to the ER when your blood pressure was sky high.
But you would always come to see me.
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Even though our appointments would always take more than the 15 minutes I’m allotted, I’m glad we took the time. And God always worked the schedule out anyway.
Thank you for always having your 10+ medications lined up on the exam table for me to check.
Thank you for sharing with me your story, you’ve had a really hard life.
Thank you for reminding me why I became a doctor.
You told me no one would care if you died.
You were wrong.
Since you were homeless, not sure if you will have a memorial service. Here’s to your memory.
Jack Tsai, MD, is a family physician at The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families,” a Federally Qualified Health Center in Long Beach, California. Dr. Tsai completed his residency at the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine program, and is committed to the care of vulnerable populations, particularly those experiencing homelessness. He is the author of Worth the Cost? Becoming a Doctor Without Forfeiting Your Soul, published in 2013.