August 6, 2012
To assist needed patients with multiple co-morbid health conditions is rewarding. These patients express appreciation for the care we give as noncompensated diagnosis, treatment, and just caring. These patients truly appreciate our listening and inquiring about their illnesses, complaints, pain and dealing with abnormal findings of blood pressure, blood sugar (glucose), and ordered lab tests results. Bringing them uptodate on needed mamograms, pelvic exams, screening tests, wellness and preventive measures that hey would not get preformed any other way until a crisis. To see that these at-risk citizens get their annual flu shots free when they would not any other way is a good feeling for the patient and for the provider. Refilling medications and explaining their need, use, and adherence is essential for control and prevention of stroke, heart disease and kidney failure in this neglected population. To explain to them why smoke cessation is essential for their health and prevention of worse disease then they already have. I feel our work as physicians caring for these un-insured, uncared-for patients, our local citizens, is far more important and critical than traveling to other countries to do mission work on their citizens and not others. Our work makes a greater different here at home and lessens the workload in local ERs and Hospitals, both charity and public. I firmly believe that this is God's work and it is giving of our minds, hearts and hands that are accomplishing it. I feel real good about it every clinic I attend.
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