Medical grand rounds resumed this week, signifying the start of another academic year that will be filled with learning and professional growth.
As has become tradition, our Chairman Dr. Hellmann was the first speaker and the talk was entitled "A Nurse with an Enigmatic and Chronic Illness". Along with the help of the patient and her sister, Dr. Hellmann recounted the experiences of a 62 year old woman who suffered for months with fatigue, weakness, and myalgias. We learned that she is a nurse, a talented painter, a world traveler, and a devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother.
Before coming to Dr. Hellmann, she had been seen by multiple physicians who were unsure what was going on. Dr. Hellmann established that she had Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (formerly called Wegener’s) and initiated therapy. The patient recounted that one of the unique things that Dr. Hellmann did that other providers had not was to ask her to think about her ‘goals for care’. At one of her visits, the patient brought with her the following written goal: “To lose fear of the disease and the treatment”.
As a result of the humanism, education, access, and attention that she has received through her care, the patient explained that her fears have been allayed and that she feels as if she and her physician have taken back control over the illness.