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Houston Breakthrough, November 1979 - Page 19. November 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 18, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1660/show/1646.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, November 1979
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Date November 1979
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Transcript I carry a big piece of paper around each day with a long list, so I won't forget anything. I tick it off as I go." Late one afternoon as she wrote notes on a patient's chart, the husband of another patient stood before her and said, "I guess I'll go back to the hotel for a- while. My daughter is with her now. Think I'll have a martini and get my stuff together to spend the night right here." "It's the patient's families that I feel so bad for," she muses. "That man knows his wife will die soon. She has blue eyes that never blink. They just stare and stare. "Four patients have died this week," she continues. "I still haven't sorted it all out. I haven't really felt all of their deaths yet. I had something to feel at the time, but suppressed it. I'll have to go back and work that out." One of the patients who died was a 20-year-old man whom the attending physician had treated for more than a year. Thompson stood by and watched the other doctor's tears. "He came up to me and I wasn't crying. I was just shocked, and he put his arm around me and said, 'You're tough, but it won't last long. I was tough in the beginning, too.' " But good things happen on the cancer ward as well. "One lady had an X-ray in March with a lot of nodules. She took another X-ray today and those nodules had really shrunk down. We were all excited because the chemotherapy was working. I discharged another young man today. He and his family are from Florida and as he left he said, 'I'm going to drink a few beers and have a nice weekend.' He's better right now." It is early evening before she finishes her charts and leaves for home. After 36 hours of life and death activity, she hopes to be able to wind down and sleep. She won't see her husband, he's on call alternate nights on surgery. "It's good to be married to another doctor, because Denny really understands. He knows what I'm talking about and we can share things." During this rotation they see each other every third night, going out for dinner and an infrequent movie, if sleep doesn't overtake them first. One rare night they even managed to get to Gilley's. "That was a real change of pace," she laughs. "You know, I never thought of being anything but a doctor." She reflects back on an illness that put her in the hospital for several weeks when she was 16. "I got so interested in what the doctors were doing, and so curious about what was the matter with me. I decided medicine was what I really wanted to know about. And I've never changed my mind. It's the most interesting thing I know. "The . other day I recognized the doctor who took care of me then, and I wanted to walk up to him and say, 'Look what happened to your patient. Because of you, I am here.' " Thompson recrosses her legs and hugs a robe around her. "Yeah, I'm still all keyed up. I've got 10 patients back at the hospital and I'm wondering about each of them, how they're doing, if they'll make it through the night. They are all so sick." Then she jumps up, "I want to show you something." She returns with her white doctor's coat, its four pockets stuffed with stethoscope, reflex hammer, pen flashlight and assorted patient notes. "Look at this." She points to the shiny black name pin which says Catherine Thompson, M.D., Internal Medicine, and grins, "That's me." Kate Thompson and her husband on a rare outing at Gilley's. Both are doctors, and graduated together.