— NARRATIVE ESSAYS —

A Short Glimpse Was Enough

Zaiba Jetpuri, DO, MBA

Fam Med. 2021;53(4):309-309.

DOI: 10.22454/FamMed.2021.674408

Her granddaughter helps her turn on the video and she waits
She is speaking words I can’t hear, but I can see her clothes fit better
Her granddaughter comes back to troubleshoot the audio
She smiles and points to her Ensure shake, and I nod
Her granddaughter comes back and motions, frustrated, they cannot hear me
She dials the phone and we hear each other, but her video disappears
Her granddaughter apologizes for the connection difficulty
She is happy to report her appetite is better
Her granddaughter attempts connecting the video again
She comments on my pregnant belly and we laugh: both of us are gaining weight
Reassuringly, I let her granddaughter know: We have both seen what we needed to see
She hangs up, but I can still picture her smiling into the phone.

Lead Author

Zaiba Jetpuri, DO, MBA

Affiliations: Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Corresponding Author

Zaiba Jetpuri, DO, MBA

Correspondence: Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5920 Forest Park Road, Ste 651, Dallas, TX 75235.

Email: Zaiba.jetpuri@utsouthwestern.edu

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