The Littlest Caregiver
By Melissa Yuan-Innes
Published by Olo Books
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Published: Dec. 21, 2011
Words: 3,197 (approximate)
When my father was diagnosed with brain cancer, I could handle the hospital. I'm a doctor. I pushed for faster and better treatment. But the actual caretaking? I fumbled.
Luckily, my infant son Max was wiser than me. Here is Max and Dad's story.
This essay will also appear in my book, The Unfeeling Doctor, Unplugged.
"Beautiful...one of your best pieces ever."-Medical Post editor David Hodges
Twitter question for health professionals: what's one thing you wished you knew when you had to look after one of your own family members?
I needed over 1000 words to respond, although my 140 character- answer is this: I wish I'd known better how to just sit still, or at least act normally, with my father after his diagnosis with brain cancer.
Luckily, my infant son Max was a lot wiser than I was. And I knew enough to bring Max and my dad together as much as possible. This is their story, and mine.
"The Littlest Caregiver" will be added it to my book, The Unfeeling Doctor, Unplugged: More True Tales From Med School and Beyond.
"Beautiful...one of your best pieces ever."--Medical Post editor David Hodges
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