Thank You Note to a Doctor

This hub does not contain any pictures, videos, or music. This hub is not my ordinary hub as it may not be considered entertaining. This hub however is special to me, it is a thank you letter to a doctor. It is shown here exactly as written with names altered to protect privacy.

The art of writing thank yous is a slowly dying art. Emails and computers have pushed handwritten thank you notes almost into oblivion but there are still a few diehards that believe there is nothing like a handwritten note to truly express the gratitude you feel.

Wedding thank yous are still sent but I have noticed they take longer and longer to reach you. Wedding and Baby Shower thank yous pretty much fall into that category as well. The sad part is that is about the limit. A thank you card for a birthday present, or a thank you note for a nice house party, these things are becoming things of the past.

Thank you notes should not be considered something old people do, it's just good manners and shows your appreciation. Would you not say thank you if someone holds a door for you? Then why not say thank you in a card or a note or a letter? It is always a pleasure to receive a handwritten thank you and it makes the receiver feel extra special.

I hope the thank you I sent to this doctor will make him feel special because he is not only special but exceptional!

Dear Doctor;

I wanted to write a thank you. I've been writing it in my head for the last couple of days trying to find a way to do it right and be able to convey to you just how much you have meant to us.

Over the centuries there have been countless physicians...some good, some bad, and a very special few, extraordinary. Many answer the calling and go on to be excellent but only that special few are extraordinary, YOU are among the extraordinary! You answered a special calling to be not only a physician, but a surgeon. Spending countless hours away from your family and life. Not just any surgeon but an extraordinary surgeon. Why do I keep repeating extraordinary? Because it is the only word I can think of to describe you and our experiences with you from the very beginning.

I don't have to remind you of how compassionate and understanding you were with my sister-in-law, Cookie, or how wonderful you were with my husband. When his aneurysm was detected you didn't hesitate to act. You met us in the emergency room on a weekend and watched while they did his CAT Scan. You sat with us and explained everything about the necessary surgery. You drew pictures, you even asked us questions. You spent time with us and made us feel important but more important you made us feel at ease with what we were facing.

If that wasn't enough we met again with my father-in-law's pending amputation and again on a weekend. You took the time to speak with me on the phone and explain the situation and the need for the amputation. You further explained you wouldn't do the surgery without his consent. We were convinced this 89 year old man would never consent to such a surgery. He is a vital man even at 89 and mowing the lawn and plowing snow...anything he can do outside, is his lifeblood. You met with us as a family before speaking to him. Again, you explained everything and asked if we had any questions. You spent time and showed compassion and understanding not only to your patient but to us. You were so right, there was a family and doctor!

The hardest step, telling him he had to have his leg amputated was handled with such professionalism and compassion, a mixture we don't often see. Unfortunately not many physicians share your warmth and understanding. Much to our amazement you were able to convince him of the necessity of the amputation and because of you he agreed to a very difficult, life altering surgery. You made the arrangements and performed the surgery right away, on a Sunday. Saving him from the ravages of the infection and preventing him from having to sit and think about what he was facing for an inordinate amount of time.

After the surgery, again, you met with us. Putting us at ease and letting us know how everything went. We shook hands all around and said thank you but I knew then and there it wasn't enough. There is no way and no words to properly thank you for all that you have done. You are extraordinary and amazing. An amazing physician, an amazing surgeon and an amazing man. Your talent both in the operating room and out is a beacon of hope for the future of all your patients.

May God always bless you. Thank you.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very nice. You don't see to many thank you notes for doctors. I'm sure he would appreciate reading this. I wish all doctors were as caring as yours.

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Charu Bhatnagar 4 years ago from India

Really thoughtful, different and beautiful. loved reading it. n yes, there's nothing like a handwritten thank you note.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Sunshine this man is incredible, really. I felt the thank you was inadequate but at least I wrote it.

Charu, glad you enjoyed. I agree, a handwritten note is not only personal but caring. (It took me a while to write that one out before mailing it! I was not going to send a typed thank you.)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Tillie. I swear you were eavesdropping on a conversation I just had with a good friend of mine. We talked about the unfortunate extinction of hand-written notes for ANY reason, these days. It is unacceptable in my world and I continue to write them and send them when I choose to. Thank you notes, Congratulations, Notes to just drop a line to an old friend....should simply NOT go out of style. There is no substitute for the "personal" touch.

I understand why you felt so compelled to write this Dr. He sounds "extraordinary," to say the least. Today, the way most of the medical profession treats patients, is unforgivable. In too many cases, patients feel like cattle being herded in and out as quickly and RUDELY as possible. Of course we all know what's behind this. The almighty dollar. Sad, very sad state of affairs.

No doubt this wonderful Dr. truly CARES. This is a rarity. I am sure he was quite pleased to receive your note. Up ++

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

No matter what the wavelength it seems you and I are always on it Effie! I think that's part of the problem in today's world, there is no personal touch. I'm sure the dr. appreciated being appreciated. He is truly a rarity and a gem we are lucky to have found!

Ronnie 4 years ago

Recently I, myself have written a particular doctor in not so many words but my heatfelt thank you. He was so taken back, he took the time to write me a personal note, himself, not his sec'ty You hit the nail on the head, write a thank you and when you do, it usually comes from the heart. They do appreciate it. Mare, this last HUB hit home. I thank you for that

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

So glad you enjoyed Ronnie. This man was truly the best, not just the best doctor but the best person! He was compassionate yet pleasant, professional yet personal, a young man (compared to me) but a great man nonetheless!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

A truly heart felt hub - indeed a very heart felt thank you note. In these times you literally can count such doctors on your fingers. This hub brought nostalgic memories back about my father, a humane doctor. We his family never knew when and how many people who could not afford treatment were treated by him free. We realized all this the day he died since there were so many of them whom we had never seen , openly weeping and telling us they had lost their messiah.

I can relate to this feeling.

Voted up and all the way across.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

God bless you and your family for your loss and your wonderful father! What a joy rajan to know that your father was one of those extraordinary people! Thank you for sharing your story with me and for your votes!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I agree that the practice of sending thank yous is fading away, but I'm old fashioned and I still send them. When my children were growing up, if they received a gift I insisted they send a thank you note. They are grown now, but continue sending them. This was a lovely thank you to a wonderful doctor.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Mary. I think sending thank yous is a practice that should never die. I commend your kids and you for teaching them!

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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

What a great choice of a subject for a hub! I loved the way you did it and it certainly did not need any images, it stands by itself. We were brought up to always write letters of thanks but I'm afraid that these days I sometimes resort to a telephone call instead. You have reminded me of how important it is and that I should do it more often.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I'm glad you liked my hub Blossom. When I was thinking about writing the thank you to the doctor, I thought it might be a good hub to serve as a reminder about how important written thank yous can be.

Barb Regan 4 years ago

Mary what a wonderful thing to have done. Not enough praise is given out today for so many good things that has been done. Unfortunately we all have to hear about all the negatives that happen and not enough compliments. I am with you, and would have done the very same thing. I still hand write all my thanks you's also. Great job. Give credit where credit is due.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Barb. I'm afraid it's a generational thing but I'd love to see it make a comeback!

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Thank you for thanking the Doctor. Like you so rightly said people are quick to complain but slow to thank, I know a lot of physicians who give more than their fare share for looking after patients and don't always get the thank you they deserve - often also thank yous are verbal and don't last! writing a thank you note is so much better and shows you have taken the time. Amazing! voted up and shared.

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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Too true! I'm a sucker for sending a thank you note. My mom taught me to and at the end of the day it's just proper etiquette! I also really enjoy getting one. Great hub. Let's start a thank you card revolution!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Docmo, the funny thing is I'm not sure who got more out of the thank you note, me or the doctor. When we went to see him weeks after the note, he was all beaming and thanking me! We don't recognize the wonderful things doctors do for us, especially the good ones!

Heather nothing would make me happier than to be responsible for a thank you card revolution! As Docmo said it's always nicer in writing.

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manatita44 4 years ago from london

Extremely necessary but very rare, tillsontitan. We are alike in this department. In fact I did one just before reading yours. I tend to do them as poems mostly, but some say I am equally good with prose.

I would stop slightly short of what you've written. Extremely sweet and guaranteed to melt his heart, yes, but I try to balance how far I should go with what I think is enough. Country culture relate to this in different ways. Just personal choice, but yes, an amazing hub. Well done.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Manatita. This particular doctor not only operated on my husband, but my sister-in-law, and my father-in-law. Months after my sister-in-law's surgery he heard she was in the hospital for something else and stopped to visit her. He is really an extraordinary man. I know this letter might seem a bit much but he so deserved it. I appreciate your reading and commenting...glad you thought it was well done.

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manatita44 4 years ago from london

Hi Again, tillsontitan,

It seems evident that you were offering him your heart. So here your motive becomes unquestionable. I know that you understand the need to be true to Self. Much love

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for returning and adding this lovely comment.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Mary, the first thing many often do is to criticize and fault find, especially with doctors who hold our lives in their hands. But this is a wonderful tribute and a well-deserved thanks to a doctor who has truly made a difference!! Thanks for sharing this letter!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Midget. I could think of no better way to thank this wonderful man.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I am sure he greatly appreciated the thank you note....I imagine he does not get too many of these, but maybe your hub will start a new trend in the near future. It sounds like you have the benefit of having an excellent and caring doctor. Voted up and awesome.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Cogerson, yes, we are lucky, he's a great doctor and a great guy.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

It's such a shame that thank you notes seem to be a thing of the past for too many people. I was taught as soon as I could write that thank you notes was the polite and proper thing to do. After reading your hub I wish I'd have written a few thank you notes to doctors that I've had in the past. Maybe I wouldn't be stuck with a terrible one right now if I had of.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Sorry you have a terrible doctor...that's never a good thing. We really need to revive thank you notes. Thanks for reading.

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starchet 4 years ago from San Jose

Nicely put... best of my wishes

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Starchet. Best wishes back to you.

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ignugent17 4 years ago

Your doctor must be very happy to read this. You are very thoughtful. :-)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you ignugenti, actually he told me he was very happy and touched by it.

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Mary, what a beautiful letter to your doctor. I agree totally with you that "thank you" cards are becoming a thing of the past. I'm from that old school though. My mother raised me to express gratitude for the kindness or hospitality of others. I send a lot of cards and, I write a lot of letters. I think we are all to quick to complain about things and far too slow to praise. This hub just reinforces the pride I feel in knowing you here on HP. Voted up and awesome, beautiful too.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you is nice to know that my HP "friends" are of the same ilk I am. I am grateful to number you among those friends!

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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Mary, you mean "old"? lol

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Now, now .... I picked a less incriminating word Linda.

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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Granted, that it's the doctor's job to treat patients in exchange of money. But a simple thank-you note would mean something to them -- more than just a payment of fees. It helps them go through fatigue too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful letter. :)

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

And thank you iguidenetwork for reading and leaving such a thoughtful comment.

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Andrea Serie 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

Thank you for sharing this thank you note. After I delivered my son, I struggled with how to thank my Dr. (I opted for a short note and donuts). Your note will be a great inspiration the next time I want to thank a physician.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

You are so welcome Andrea. I should tell you, the doctor thanked me for the note!

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califonium 3 years ago from NIGERIA

great hub, i love it.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you californium.

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carrie Lee Night 3 years ago from Northeast United States

tillsontitan: Thank you for taking the time to write such a heart felt thank you to a doctor who probably doesn't get enough praise :) I have been in the medical field for a while and have only met a few real good doctors. I, myself have problems finding a good doctor that I mesh with and can trust. Have a great week and thank you for resurrecting a dying art.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

You are welcome carrie Lee Night, it was my pleasure to write this thank you note to a wonderful doctor. I only hope more people will start writing thank you notes again!

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