As a medical student, I am constantly learning… from books, from preceptors, from other students. But by far the best lessons are those from my patients themselves:
Mr. Farmer: Getting old… it’s not fun.
Me: Everyone in this place tells me not to get old.
Mr. F: Honey, you can try, but I don’t think it’s going to work. All you can do is NEVER smoke, only drink a little, work hard, and be happy.
Me: Got it. Good advice.
Mr. F: OH! And never go to bed mad. It’s like building a wall between you and Mr. Right. Nobody likes walls in bed.
Me: I’ll keep that in mind.
Mr. F: AND remember that success takes time. If you have a leaky faucet and it’s juuuuuust a drip, if you put a cup underneath it, it’ll fill eventually. Always remember the leaky faucet.
Ms. Smith: Here’s my advice for you, honey. Do good now, and stay the hell away from pizza!