Hi, I’m your doctor, Dr. Mbue and my pronouns are she and her. I’m going to be asking about your body, health, and life. Let’s start with you telling me what you think I should know about your current situation.
I used to be a construction worker and I loved it. I want to go back to work because I feel like it’s my duty. It’s not fair… now I need my family to do everything for me.
That sounds frustrating.
I lost my job, my ability to walk, to play basketball, and to hang out with my friends whenever I want to. My wife and daughters don’t know how to act around me anymore… they’re either overly protective or just don’t know what to say.
It seems that you’re struggling to adapt to this drastic change in lifestyle and I want to recognize the difficulty in that, in addition to acknowledging your courage for being this vulnerable with me during our first session.
I’m stuck at home all day and I feel guilty that I can’t use my body to support my family anymore.
This may be by far one of the biggest challenges you’ve ever faced, and I’m here to help. I’m going to repeat what you’ve told me thus far and from there we can co-create a treatment plan so that you can one day be a provider to your family again. Please let me know if I misinterpret anything.
Thank you…no doctor has ever talked or listened to me like this before.