CHICAGO (AP) — A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy ...
At age 16, for reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I'm not great at accepting help. But as I've thought about this failing of mine, I've wondered if it may in part explain why I want to be a doctor.
I desperately wanted to help her. I couldn't be her doctor or her nurse -- not yet in my life, anyway -- but I wanted her to know that I recognized that she was a person in pain.
I heard this word "pretty" in a whole different context today in the volunteer work I do at the hospital. In a nutshell, I enlist make-up artists like myself to visit very ill patients and make them feel "pretty."