Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Kind of Work I'd Like to Do

Hi Everyone,

The last two weeks have been pretty hectic, while budgets were tabled and bureaucrats tasked with sorting it out,  I've spent a considerable amount of time dealing with things a little closer to home.  

It's funny how family issues focus you on that which is most important to you.  While I choose to withhold some of the details, I will say that my daughter and I have made more trips to the hospital in the last two weeks than any parent should.  Things finally seem to be turning the corner and we continue to hope for the best, trust in the expertise of her physicians, and appreciate being able to lean on those who have offered their support.

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While the last two weeks have been difficult, they have also reaffirmed by faith in the system.  The care my daughter had received has been absolutely top notch.  Our doctors and nurses have gone out of their way to ensure my daughter is well attended, that her parents understand what is going on, and that we are relevant and involved in the decision making.  

While often heart wrenching, it was also incredibly humanizing.  Sometimes the little things are the things that matter the most.  A doctor paying attention to the fact that my daughter was sad about missing pizza day last week at school and scheduling appointments around it the follow week or making time in between ORs (surgeries) to see her for a follow up.  

I can't help but think this is what public service is about - tangible, humanizing, high impact, and relational.  

I think it's the kind of work that people with passion for public service would want to do; I think it's the kind of work that I'd like to do.

After all, who wouldn't want to leave work every day knowing they made a difference in the life of a little girl, my little girl.



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