My pa­tients taught me

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Dr Khalid Al-Saleh

They taught me the sweet­ness of pa­tience. When the body shakes from se­vere pain and the pa­tient’s voice gets louder with the words “Praise be to Al­lah” in­stead of moan­ing, I find the sweet­ness of pa­tience in this pa­tient.

They taught me the bounty of de­pend­ing on Al­lah. When the pa­tient is con­fi­dent that re­cov­ery is in the hands of Al­lah, ac­cepts the dis­ease and lis­tens to doc­tors’ ad­vice, his soul gets filled with the bounty of sat­is­fac­tion. Then I see hap­pi­ness in its best form on the face of this pa­tient - a hap­pi­ness which if healthy peo­ple learn about, they would fight this pa­tient for it.

My pa­tients taught me the true value of life. When you see some­one who fought, strug­gled and be­came an­gry, while the storms of life around him sub­sided, and the dis­ease be­came his real­ity

They taught me the true mean­ing of love. When loved ones sur­round the pa­tient, they share with him the path of his ill­ness, which may take long.

that he sleeps and wakes up with, you learn from him one thing - that what pre­oc­cu­pies us in life is not worth what we were think­ing, and that the last les­son is the true les­son in life.

They taught me the true mean­ing of love. When loved ones sur­round the pa­tient, they share with him the path of his ill­ness, which may take long. You re­al­ize the mean­ing of true love that con­tin­ues be­yond time, and re­mains im­mor­tal even af­ter time stops. It is a love that has noth­ing to do with life’s in­ter­ests, the sta­tus of man or the amount of money he has. It is love by those who are around him when he be­lieves and spreads the val­ues he is re­spected for.

Ill­ness has many great ben­e­fits, and maybe the most sim­ple of which is the lessons we learn from our pa­tients. So let us make “thanks” the ti­tle of our ill­nesses, as it is the magic word that gives life with all its vari­ables - a good taste.

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