a painful reminder

Sometimes it’s hard to be a doctor, and even harder to be a friend. I got a phone call from a med school friend yesterday asking me to stop by and say Hi to her mom who was being admitted for back pain. My friend’s in the middle of moving for residency and couldn’t be here in person.

This morning there was a code blue – I heard later it was a young lady admitted for back pain. She didn’t make it. It was my friend’s mom. We don’t know what happened, and I don’t know how to help my friend, who’s moving across the country and is pulled over on the side of the road in shock.

I do know I just got off the phone with my mom, and I told her how much I love her.

Do what you love, with whom you love. Life’s too short.