This has been the year for canning. I am now a canning expert. I've scalded myself, figured out that you need filtered water for lactofermentation, decided that homemade jam is a gift worth giving.
I think homemade things make one think of their grandmother's kitchens, snapping beans and shelling peas on the front porch, sweating in the kitchen while the water bath is sterilizing/canning the pickles and jams and chutneys that are being put up for the winter. Comfort. Warmth.
Listening to a patient and letting them talk is akin to a homemade gift.
Most patients have a story to tell around their illness. Not all of the details are important to the doctor, but if the story is interrupted, important details may be lost. We doctors are taught to let the patient talk, to tell their story, and if we do, it should only take about 3 minutes. Then we are asked to say, "Is there anything else? "
I hope to give you the homemade gift of a few minutes to tell me your story.