I see a lot of diabetic patients and have to check their feet regularly. Sometimes they are on the exam table with their shoes on and I realize they need them off. In this situation I make a point to help them take off their shoes and socks before the exam, and help them put them back on after the exam.
I feel like this is a reminder to me that I am serving the patient. I am there for them – not the reverse. It is my way of acting like Christ did when he washed his disciples\’ feet. It isn\’t clean and isn\’t always pleasant, but it is humble and I think it builds trust.
Yesterday I had finished with a foot exam on a patient and started to help her put on her socks.
\”I can do that,\” she said to me.
\”No, that\’s all right. I am good at putting on socks. I do it every day.\”
She looked over at the sandals on my feet – the ones I wear nearly every day – and laughed, \”I don\’t think I have ever seen you wearing socks.\”