Living Will

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Inher book entitled , Dr. Ofri writes about her experienceas a medical professional. She begins by writing about her training,then proceeds to express her desire to learn Spanish, and ends byrecollecting her encounter with Wilbur Reston (one of her patients).Dr. Ofri makes use of imagery to help her reader come to terms withher transition from New York City’s Bellevue Hospital to the EastGeneral Hospital, located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She discussesher encounter with Mr. Reston in detail, and how it changed herperception of the medical profession. This paper is a response to Dr.Ofri’s book. It seeks to identify a better way of concluding thepaper, as opposed to the one advanced by Dr. Ofri.

Atthe beginning of her book, Dr. Ofri discusses how she met Mr. Reston:She had only worked a few days at the East General Hospital when shewas requested to attend to a patient at 2:00 A.M. She describesReston’s condition, in detail, and proceeds to write about how sheadvised the nurses to care for Mr. Reston. She also points out thatdoctors usually gave instructions over the phone and let the nursescater to all other medical needs of the patient receiving medicalcare.

AfterReston gets better and is transferred to the VA psychiatric facility,Ofri forgets about him and continues with her daily life activities.However, after some paperwork was sent to her office, requiringinformation regarding Reston’s original hospital, Ofri begunrecollecting her encounter with Reston. In her conclusion, she statesthat she pondered on how Reston was fairing. She wondered if he hadalready committed suicide or if his new puppy prevented him fromkilling himself.


Theabove conclusion would have made the storyline better if Dr. Ofriespoused on Reston’s progress. If she discussed how his health hadimproved/deteriorated after visiting him at his home, the audiencewould feel more engaged. Also, if she discussed how his wiferesponded to Reston’s getting better before being discharged fromthe hospital, and on arriving at home, the audience would be leftwith fewer questions. The conclusion would have been better if itended as follows:

“Althoughmy profession did not require me to follow up on the progress of apatient after he had been assigned to another party, I felt obligedto follow up on Reston’s progress. I did not personally visit himin his home, but I requested the social worker assigned to him tofurnish me with a report on his progress and social life. The socialworker told me that he was fairing quite well and that his wife hadfinally begun talking to him. The social worker pointed out thatReston had a puppy that kept him company when his wife was attendingvolunteer functions. Reston and his wife also attended art functionswhen his wife was free to spend time with him.”

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