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!
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 connection....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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