I have always said I would love to be a fly on the wall and see what Wade does every day. At home he is hubby and daddy. Occasionally someone will call or ask him medical questions and I will get a glance at Dr. Christiansen. Today he shared with me an experience I would have loved to see for myself!
So after a really long stressful day Wade finally made it home late tonight. He was pretty overloaded in clinic today, not to mention the fact he is on-call and the (usually quiet) pager went off all day long. He just kept telling me about his day and it was sounding worse and worse.
But then he did say he had one highlight. One good moment amidst the chaos.
He has a special needs patient, a mid 30s year old man, who is a very large (6'6 or taller?) and autistic. Wade was doing a foot exam and moved this patients chair up in the air. The guy looked up and looked a little concerned that his head was going to hit the ceiling. Wade assured him he was okay. Then on the way down in the chair the patient asked Wade if the chair went up higher.
Wade informed him he wasn't sure how high the chair would really go, but then asked if the patient wanted to take a minute to see.
After a minute of contemplation, the man agreed.
Wade said the best part of his whole entire day was sitting there, with this special needs patient, giving him a ride in the chair. Apparently his head didn't hit the ceiling, although it did come closer than either of them expected.
He said that he was totally buried at that moment. I'm sure he had other patients probably waiting on him, he always has a million things to do and going on in his head. He is always worried about too many things. I'm sure he was stressed and feeling rushed, but he said that as he was sitting there he just decided to forget it and sit there with this man and watch him ride up closer and closer to the ceiling. They sat there together and laughed and laughed. Wade told me that was the best 5 minutes of his entire day, probably will be the best five minutes of his week.
This has got to be one of my favorite stories I have ever heard him tell. I have to smile every time I think about it!