Thanks to The Centre for Powerful Practices member
Bettina Tornatora, who recently shared a great lesson with us.
Last week, I was following up on a beautiful elderly client named Dorothy. Her son had called and canceled her last appointment because she was feeling unwell and had been taken to hospital for further tests. When I called her at home, Dorothy did not answer so I used the contact number for her daughter. She informed me that Dorothy had passed away the week before. She had been feeling unwell because she had had a minor heart attack and whilst in hospital had another major one that she never recovered from. Her daughter said she had passed peacefully in her final hours, and the family was really pleased that her wish to stay independent and living at home until she passed had been realized. She was 86.
After getting off the phone, I sat for a moment to give thanks for knowing a wonderful woman. As I did so, I looked through her file (paper in our office) and over the visits that I had with Dorothy. I reflected on her tenacity in healing herself after many falls and challenges and on how she insisted that her family continue to bring her in, despite many medical opinions to the contrary. Then I continued to leaf through going back in time to where other chiropractors in the practice had seen her.
I was then struck with an enormous sense of gratitude and was deeply humbled by what I discovered. Dorothy had been a Chiropractic client and advocate for longer than I had been alive! I had been part of a Chiropractic journey much greater than myself. I felt incredibly grateful to have been able to contribute to the care of this amazing woman, and humbled by the leap of faith that she had undertaken to become a Chiropractic client at a time when things were very different to how they are today. People like Dorothy have made this profession that I love what it is today, and our practices and communities are full them and their families. They followed their hearts and we are one of the beneficiaries of that.
When I finished speaking to Dorothy’s daughter she honored me by saying “Thanks for taking care of Mum, it meant so much to us”, After looking through her file, I thought, it was really I who should be thanking her.
Reference: Syllabus 8