I saw a patient today for a checkup. He's been coming to me for a variety of chronic conditions for a few years now. His chart is littered with conversations about weight loss, quitting smoking, and refused shots and colonoscopies. I send my medical student in to see him first.
Her report was that he'd lost 10 pounds in three months, and was requesting a tetanus shot and an appointment for his colonoscopy.
I was tickled. So I asked him "why the change of heart?"
"Because I trust you now."
Which was nice to hear. Then I asked, "Is there anything I could have done differently, to have helped you trust me sooner?"
"Nope. Just be patient."
Guess I'll have to trust him on that.