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Amy's Reflections

November 16, 2017

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”~ Tecumseh

Last week was somewhat eventful week for our family. Shaila passed out at school on Monday, one of our dogs had an emergency trip to the vet on Tuesday, Shaila had her wisdom teeth out on Thursday, and Rick’s dad was hospitalized on Friday. Although it sounds daunting, it really all worked out fine. However, after this past week I am very thankful for my family and the support system they provide in my life. 

I had the opportunity yesterday to sit in on a meeting with one of our providers and the school nurse. The meeting itself was initiated due to frustrations and a breakdown of communication. It was amazing as we went through the different pain points that we were really both on the same page, but the message was getting lost somewhere in between. It was so refreshing to see how good communication can lead to clarity, and for that I am thankful. 

Attending the QEMs and listening to all the wonderful things that we have accomplished by working together always warms my heart. I am not going to lie, the testimonials are my favorite part. I love to hear directly from the patients what a difference your care made in their stay. I am thankful for each of you and the difference you make in our patient’s lives every day. 
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week we should all take a moment and focus on what we are most thankful for in our life. Your challenge for this next week is to identify at least three things that you are thankful for and then sharing them with those that make a difference to you. 

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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