Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Hard Questions

I get asked questions in the course of my day that can be hard to answer.

"Will I ever be able to walk again?"

"Will I have another stroke?"

"Can you fix my back pain?"

So sometimes it can be a relief to hear a medical question that I absolutely can answer:

"Mommy, since you're a doctor, can you tell me.... is a thumb a finger?"

"YES.  It is."

"Mommy says it is!!  I told you so!"


  1. I find the hardest question to answer is 'how much time do I have left?' I feel so unqualified to give an estimate and it feels wrong to even try.
    Mind The Medic

  2. I still remember, over 40 years ago, getting a question wrong in first grade. "How many fingers do you have?" apparently the correct answer was 10, but I said 8 (plus 2 thumbs).