My Village Chief is HOH, Part II of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning.
He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened and focused on the voice I know well.
When he turned his head, I saw the aid. Then, I saw the second hearing aid.
Part II: He paused, “Can any court reporter do that?” pointing to flawless live captions.
I ducked my head, thinking … thinking. He leaned in to hear my answer.
“May I ask you something first?” I asked softly.
He nodded. Slowly, I asked, “Can any GP, general practicioner, any doctor, do what you just did?”
The doctor looked puzzled.
I asked, “Can any doctor go into an organ, one bleeding for months from cancer radiation not knowing what the doctor will find, eliminate multiple blood clots, clean the organ, and assist the patient – all in realtime – as you just did?”
He shot back in his chair, “No!”
I leaned into my village chief, “That’s my answer to you.”
I paused, “Court reporters are trained with meticulous skills. My answer, to you, is captioners who write live, with excellent translation, are trained differently than official and freelance reporters – similar to a GP and someone like you – each well trained, each working with different details – all in realtime.”
(I had not had food or fluids in hours, was seated in another hard chair and hoped my answer was respected for my profession.)
He threw his head back and laughed. He touched my left knee, softly saying, “Thank you.”
I paused, “For what, sir?”
My village chief, “For helping people like me – every day. Thank you for what you do and for what your profession does for people like me.”
I beamed for one clear moment.
I felt a surge of pride for my profession.
Our moment was quickly interrupted.
A doctor ran in, “The heart is in dangerous range.”
My village chief, “I wish someone had a power of attorney, so I could call a cardiologist on this case now!”
I blinked, “I do.”
My chief, “You do? And it’s complete?”
I nodded, “Yes, sir. It covers the patient – not the hospital worrying about an ingrown toenail and their legal rights.”
Then I realized I had spoken aloud.
A nurse ran into the room with a phone.
She said slowly, loudly, “HERE! When it rings, you answer, okay? The cardiologist will phone, okay!?”
My chief paused before he looked away. I saw it.
Everyone could hear that nurse.
When the phone rang in my village chief’s hand, the nurse loudly said, “It’s ringing!!”
He looked to the floor and said nothing before he placed that phone to his ear.
Soon, he departed without looking back, “We have to do this before this patient leaves recovery. We only have minutes.” I thanked his back as he exited. Yes, he heard me.
Part I of III is posted September 2, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part II of III is posted September 12, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part III of III is posted September 23, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
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