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How to Ease Anxiety in the ER (Randy Pausch)

Posted by medliorator on July 28, 2008

As Jai was being rushed into surgery for an emergency C-section, she said to the doctor, “This is bad, isn’t it?”

I admired the doctor’s response.  It was the perfect answer for our times: “If we were really in a panic, we wouldn’t have had you sign all the insurance forms, would we?” she said to Jai.  “We wouldn’t have taken the time.”  The doctor had a point.  I wondered how often she used her “hospital paperwork” riff to ease patients’ anxieties.

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