Now that all hospital staff have to wear a 3-ply surgical mask when working, all we could see of each other are only the eyes.
Come to think of it, Jimbo still doesn’t know what his quite efficient house officer looks like coz all he saw of her the last 2 days were her eyes!
Jimbo discovered that the eyes can convey a multitude of emotions. This morning, during the ward rounds, he paid a lot of attention to the eyes of his patients and their carers.
The eyes of a patient newly diagnosed with liver cancer registered resigned acceptance, gratitude and sadness but strangely no fear, as Jimbo told him that a CT scan confirms what he and his team have suspected and that they will try and see what else can be done by consulting the experts elsewhere; meanwhile they will try and build up his nutritional status.
The eyes of a man who has just been told he has HIV, Hepatitis B and C got teary and fearful.
The eyes of a man with bilateral pneumothorax registered fear because he knew something far more insidious is happening inside him while the eyes of his wife showed great fear and concern.
The eyes of a intravenous drug user showed gratitude and acceptance when told he has to be on antibiotics for another 31 days for infective endocarditis.
The eyes of another intravenous drug user, flared angrily as he recoiled his hand in pain as well meaning medical assistant attempted to place an iv cannula into him. The anger in the eyes was rapidly replaced by understanding as Jimbo apologised for the pain caused and that a more experienced doctor would shortly attend to him.
The eyes of man with chronic liver disease showed displeasure when Jimbo told him that he has to be kept a day or two longer as some issues have not been sorted out for him.
The eyes of a young man with IDDM admitted with uncontrolled blood sugar showed amusement and a hint of mischief as Jimbo told him that his problem was due to his erratic diet and the timing of his erratic diet.
And what of Jimbo’s eyes?
He couldn’t see his own eyes but he fervently hoped that his eyes conveyed the right messages: that of empathy and reassurance that his patients are in the best of hands.
He certainly hopes so because of this H1N1 thingy is going to be with us for a while, he will have to get used to doing eye-speak.
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