This is the introduction to my April 2016 “Dear Frances” column in The Hawaii Herald.
I received the following letter from Dr. Christian Serdahl, a physician in Sacramento. He was responding to my Feb. 5 column in The Hawai‘i Herald titled “Support Group Angels.” In it, I questioned the lack of good medical care for our elders. His letter arrived a day after he read my column.
Dr. Serdahl is the first physician to ask me, “What exactly do you say to caregivers to bring compassion into their care?” He sat in his examination room and listened to every word I said. I felt like I had preempted his busy schedule, which I actually had done. Dr. Serdahl has no computers in his examination rooms, choosing, instead, to communicate directly with his patients. “My computers are in another room,” he said. His letter explained why.
For Dr. Serdahl’s letter, as well as several poems I’ve written about some of my medical experiences, go to The Hawaii Herald website. My column for them runs at the beginning of each month in the paper, and stays posted on their website.