I saw a patient today. He had Parkinson’s. Tremors, shuffling gait — the works. His wife was with him. She was old, too. I opened the door and helped him into the room and stood by him to steady him. And then his wife came in and it was just the way she kept her hands to either side of him, letting him walk on his own, but ready to catch him if he fell. “In your most frail gesture,” writes E. E. Cummings, “are things which enclose me, / or which I cannot touch because they are too near”.
About the author: Shahzeb hopes to do his residency under the great Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. He blogs at ShahzebNajam.WordPress.com