Thursday, August 30, 2007

an uncommon relationship

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I'm in the process of asking my employer for reasonable accommodations necessitated by the disabling nature of my migraines, depression and degenerative disc disease.

As part of the paperwork I had to write my doctor a letter asking her to complete a portion of the request form and provide additional information about my diagnoses and the ways in which they impact my life.

In completing the letter I felt compelled to say something I would never have the guts to tell Dr. M. in person.

Thank you so much for your help with this and all your help and support in general. I feel as though you have gone above and beyond the call of duty with me, and I want you to know how much I appreciate that.

The words flowed absolutely naturally. But in reading back through my letter, I started to feel self-conscious and strange about saying this. Yet, I still felt it was right to leave it. In the 10 years Dr. M. has been treating me, she has been a constant source of support. She listens to me. Really listens. She is respectful and knowledgeable. She commiserates with me and fully understands my frustrations. I don't think it is common for a doctor and patient to have grown this close. But I thank my lucky stars every single day that I have someone like her on my team and on my side.

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