The writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us to care for others ‘as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.’ This is a good reminder as we respond to our calling in health care for patients and families. In the process of serving, we become better able to listen to needs of others and provide comfort. One of the ways this happens is by listening to the voices of patients and families. Another is to try to work in one accord, with a spirit of encouragement and compassion, as we share the journey of living.
The following video clip is a six minute talk by Alanna Shaikh on understanding Alzheimer’s disease from a patient and family perspective. I hope you are able to listen to the full six minutes and the part where she speaks about “Becoming a Better Person.” She inspires us to add another dimension to our own humanity by gently nudging us to be kinder, more selfless advocates for those who may be suffering quietly or without the ability to tell us how they really feel.
*Note: TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a clearinghouse offering free knowledge and information from inspiring thought leaders. It provides a diversity of opinions and thoughts which can challenge our thinking and provide understanding. This particular talk helps to understand this disease from a patient’s perspective. It may have a broader application for you. It may also apply to us as a McLeod Health family working together on behalf of others.
Let me know what you think.