I believe Emerson uses ornament not in the sense of a glittery item hung for the holidays, but rather a person who adds a special beauty, honor, or grace to something. In the past few months, I have been visited by and visited various people who have added just these qualities to my practice of medicine.
Beauty. Last week was my first newborn home visit since opening the clinic. Newborns should be seen by their doctor within 1-2 days of hospital discharge, and what better place to see a newborn and talk to new parents than in their own house! I love having the chance to see a baby's home firsthand, and to take time chatting with new parents about tips for sleeping and feeding. I treasure seeing the excitement, devotion, and fresh awe on the faces of first-time parents.
Honor. Dr. Pamela Wible, one of the greatest proponents of the "ideal medical practice" model, came to Salem today to see my new clinic. She has been such an inspiration to me, and her presence honored the clinic. The video above is a virtual tour she taped for me.
Grace. From Latin gratia, meaning thankful, pleasing. As you will see, my walls are still bare, relatively free of decoration or sophistication. But these walls have witnessed patients sharing their lives with me, in confidence and calm, and when I sit alone waiting for the next person to arrive I feel satisfied. And what is happiness apart from satisfaction? Memories of these visits adorn the walls just as palpably as the handmade gowns below.