Giddy from healing?
I’ve noticed a very specific stage in the healing process for most patients. The last corner is turned. The wound bed is definitely filling in and closing. And the patient’s desire to smile, laugh and be sociable reaches its zenith.
Randy, one of our more vocal and entertaining patients, reached that point yesterday and we were all caught up in the laughter. I should have known something was about to give way when Randy showed up minus his walker and using just a cane — a sure sign of advanced healing. Then, Julia provided the detonator in the form of a rather embarrassing story about soiled clothing and Randy lit up the whole I.V. room like a firework.
Sure, you could argue that Randy was just in one of his usual good moods. And Julia is never short on head-spinning stories. But yesterday was special in Randy’s healing arc. It was a fun day. And again, it’s bittersweet because in turning his last corner, Randy is so close to leaving us. Thank goodness he’s infected us with his humor. We’re all giddy, now.
Tags: Dr. Bruce Ruben, healing, Infection, outpatient, patient, wound bed