Monica is a 72 year old lady who has been in the hospital for nearly 3 weeks. She was extremely weak when she came in and we discovered diabetes with very high blood sugars. The diabetes responded to medications but both of her knees became hot, red and swollen. She had pseudo gout and I had to drain her knees several times and eventually inject cortisone into them until she could move.
As she finally became stronger the last week she announced to the ward that I was her pikin (child) sent to her from God. Each morning this week has been a delight as she has greeted her pikin when I arrive for rounds. Monica was discharged home today and I will miss her morning greeting.