I’m an MS3 on stroke service for the next month.
Today on rounds my attending was following up on a stroke code we admitted about 24 hrs prior.
The patient came in with a right MCA infarct, completely paralyzed on the left. Patient was terrified, family terrified, real bad situation all around.
The attending was doing his routine neuro exam and noted the patient had regained use of the psoas, hip flexors and some quad since admission
I’ll never forget until the day I die, the look of sheer joy in my attending’s eyes as he looked up at the patient and excitedly exclaimed “This is A great sign!!!! you’re gonna walk again!!!”
Maybe it’s stupid, but the genuine emotion the Attending showed really got to me. Seeing him get so absolutely pumped about a stranger reminded me how many good people there are in medicine. I want to be like him one day.
I guess my point is, to the Attendings, keep fighting the good fight and know that even small things can have huge impacts on your students.
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