Blog | Thursday, July 13, 2017

These three

Three things I witnessed today on rounds at Grady

1. Faith

Him: “I was scared at first. But I prayed and now I feel a lot better.”

Me: “That's awesome.”

Him: “I prayed for YOU, too. Asked God to give me a doctor who was patient and with kind eyes. When I met you and your team, I knew He heard me.”


2. Hope

Me: “How are you today?”

Him: “Thankful for another chance!”

Me: *high five*

Him: “You know what, Miss Manning? I feel like going on.”

Me: “That's what's up.”

Him: *looks serious* “I think this time I'm gon’ get it right, too.”

Me: “You can and you will.”

And then we hugged it out.

3. Love

Me: “You look like you want to cry. Are you okay? Do you need anything?”

Her: “I need him to be better. Because I just love him so much.”

Him: *words in Spanish*

Her: *full on crying*

Interpreter: “She is my world and I am hers. Every day this is what is in my mind. From morning until I sleep. God knitted our hearts together.”

Then he grabbed his wife's hand and squeezed it tight. So tight that those hands looked knitted together, too.

Today at Grady I saw faith, hope and love in action. These three, but the greatest of these was love.


Kimberly Manning, MD, FACP, FAAP is an associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where she teaches medical students and residents at Grady Hospital. This post is adapted from Reflections of a Grady Doctor, Dr. Manning’s blog about teaching, learning, caring and growing in medicine and life. It has been adapted and reprinted with permission. Identifying information has been changed to protect individuals’ privacy.