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Caught You! Julie Gaskins, ARNP

(Going out of your way to do right, and I'm telling the world on you!)

By Trish Jackson

I appreciate it when someone takes time out of their busy day to give go that extra mile in order to make someone else's day a little easier. In fact, I appreciate it so much that I usually try to take the time to tell them, "Hey, you're doing a great job! Thank you for what you did!"

And then I tell a few of my friends and family how so-and-so who works at such-and-such place does a really good job. And then we know...but what about the rest of the world? Shouldn't these people be given a little pat on the shoulder? Just like the rest of us, they have bills to pay and stress to deal with; yet they still go out of their way to be nice.

I started thinking about this. What if I publicly acknowledged people who I ran into along this journey called life that actually made things a little easier for the rest of us?

My star for the week has to go to my doctor.

The doctor's of the busiest places in the world. I don't like to bother them too much, so I try to avoid needing anything from them. I try to avoid tests, or getting sick or hurt.

It just makes life easier for everyone. But last week I needed something. I needed a statement from my doctor.

Not just a 'Please excuse Betsy (not my real name) from work or school today' statement, but a pretty in-depth statement about my health. It just so happens that my doctor was moving to a new location. She was trying to meet deadlines to get everything ready to get into the new building, she was still interviewing nurses, and was pretty much living on just a few hours of sleep.

This was not really a good time for me to need something. But I asked... and told her I understood how hectic things were for her... and I waited...not expecting her to meet my deadline of two days.

I'm not sure what time of the night she typed my statement, at her home, on her own computer, and e-mailed it to me. All I know is I got it in time to send it to where it needed to be. What a blessing when I really expected to hear, "Sorry, there's nothing we can do."

Thank you, Julie Gaskins! It's so nice to know someone who truly loves their job and is so dedicated to taking care of their patients!

Remember the story about the starfish on the beach? Well, you made a difference to this one!! - Trish Jackson

CM NOTE on CAUGHT YOU!: Julie Gaskins, who gets Trish Jackson's Star this week, is extraordinarily busy getting ready to open Family First Medical Center on Monday, September 12, 2011. Note: Trish Jackson is out there waiting to catch another unsuspecting person going above and beyond the call of duty, doing one of those special acts, uncommon in many places, but seen with a frequency here which makes Adair County a very special place to live. -EW

This story was posted on 2011-09-06 15:32:09
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