Life lessons take time to appreciate

Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later.

Many years ago, when I was a very wet behind the ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the care team for an elderly Native American woman. She had been transferred from somewhere in rural South Dakota to our hospital in the city in hopes of identifying her disease and ascertaining how best to help her. Her daughter accompanied her. The medical team was convinced we knew “best,” while her daughter was determined that we were not going to take a single step that might conflict with her mother’s va...


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