Tag Archives: David Thoele

Struggles, gratitude, and love

Jeconda Harris and David G. Thoele, MD Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, United States (Fall 2011) Poet’s statement: Jeconda Harris, my patient for 17 years, gave me a collection of her poetry and expressed her desire to have it published. Regretfully, this did not happen within her lifetime, but, with her mother […]

The boy with two dads

David G. Thoele Chicago, Illinois, United States (Spring 2016)   Martin pictured with his two dads The first time I met Martin in my clinic, the 7-year-old seemed friendly, but shy.  He was a bit chubby, with dark, short-cropped hair, rounded fingernails, and blue-tinged skin. He was short for his age, with features of Down […]

No Good Options

David G. Thoele Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: This poem is about my patient Aaron, who was born, immediately became very sick and blue, and later the same day, died in his parents’ arms. Aaron had severe congenital heart disease, which we ultimately concluded was not […]