TITLE: A Dying Art in the Care of Medicine
By Anne Harrell
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A Dying Art in the Care of Medicine
Dr. Larry E. White, a Norfolk, Virginia pediatric neurologist, from the Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters, has a special touch to treating his patients. In the almost two decades, that Dr. White has known the Harrell’s caring for their six children; he has gone above his call of duty.
Anne recalls different incidences, where she had seen him spring into action, when an emergency occurred. He is very laconic in calming down the patient from a vastly stressful traumatic situation. He has an uncanny way of calming the hysterical patient, along with their hysterical parents too! He has a superior soothing demeanor about his self that the patients and parents love about him.
Mark my husband, reminiscences of the many years since we met Dr. White, who upon meeting had recently got out of the military. We had been praying at the time, earnestly, for a very special doctor, that would give Cyndy the best of care, that would not settle for anything less. We knew that God had given an ear to our constant pleading prayers, and had answered them positively, when we first met Dr. White. He had been the doctor that the Lord had prepared and had in store for Cyndy. She had gotten the much-needed, care from him.
When it came to our doctor appointments, he has always been extremely thorough with each visit. He is observant of his patients without them noticing that he is observing them. Our children think he has eyes in back his head, when they do something when his head is turned, and he catches them. If it took a half hour, to get the information he needed for their care, so be it, and he treated each family as if they were his only patient. He treats each of his patients equally with respect.
His patients know that he loves them dearly. He has taken his call from the Lord, of being a doctor, seriously. He pours his heart into doing the very best for every single one of his patients. He does not care what lifestyles they come from, he just loves them for who they are.
Speaking of a long lost art in medicine, doctors just don’t let their patients see that they have sensitive feelings. Doctors are taught in medical school, to have tuff hides where they are untouchable when it comes to their emotions. Dr. White is totally
opposite in that respect. He shows his emotions where you know he has a very soft tender heart on interior by his speech, but he can also have a stern exterior.
When it came to giving a helping hand, I can remember a time when he met me at the car for one appointment, and helped me bring the children in the office. Dr. White is a doctor that is not afraid to give assistance when help is needed, even if it meant lending a shoulder for much needed support to cry on, in times of trouble. There has been numerous of times he has heard my cries and came running to help me, weather it meant making phone calls to straighten problems out or adjusting some of the medications for the children, he would do his best to improve the crises.
There are times I can recall where he has actually been criticized for trying to be of assistance to me when it came to problems in the family or when someone did not like the way I would raise my children. He was not afraid to stand up for what was right, or care what other people thought of him, when he would stand up for the truth.
He has the gift of mercy that brings the very tender side of him out, where he would actually feel his patient’s sorrow and pain. There had been times where I could tell that his heart ached from being so heavy, where there would be tears in his eyes that flowed down the side of his face. He genuinely cared about his patient and parents. He cared tremendously about his sickest patients that he would often loose sleep over them worrying about making them feel better. He has had lack of sleep when it came to their parents worrying about them because I am one of them that he worries about constantly.
He is not just a plain doctor, he has stepped beyond that with Cyndy, and our other children, and he is our best friend, brother in Christ, counselor, partner in writing. He has been also our number one cheerleader, giving us the support to carry on when we feel that we can’t go on any longer. Dr. White, thank you from being the compassionated caring doctor, devoted friend, you have been to us all. Thank you, Dr. White for being there for us, through sensitive, trying, times in our lives, you have made our lives much easier.
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