Throughout my life, I have had to receive physical therapy in order to develop the skills, balance, and flexibility I need to function. During one of sessions very early in my childhood, my mother walked in only to find me sitting in the corner.
“What’s going on?” my mother asked my physical therapist Marty.
“Watch,” Marty replied as she walked over to me. “Kristen, do you want to get out of the corner?”
“Yes,” I answered, nodding my head.
“Are you going to do what am I asking of you?”
I shook my head.
“Okay. Then, you have to stay in the corner.”
I started sobbing again.
Today, as I reflect on this incident, I am very thankful to Marty for her determination in not backing down on what was best for my care. Here, as a medical team, we are forced to make decisions that go against the patients’ and families’ wishes. Even though these are difficult moments, I encourage you to remain ethical in your choices, trusting in the Lord’s guidance as you strive wholeheartedly to best serve the needs of the patients and their loved ones.
Let us pray:
God, guide each of us in the practices of our various disciplines, so we can positively minister to others in body, mind, and spirit.
In Your name I pray,