Being patient can be pretty daunting when a bad diagnosis has left you in the waiting room of life, and all you can do is try to hang on in there but all that you want is to get out of there – a.s.a.p. Consult this first aid for a better understanding of issues in patient care, what it takes to be a good patient, and how to make the best of a situation that is best prevented – if somehow possible.

(Statue of Yakushi Nyorai – the Japanese Medicine Buddha – holding a container with medicine. Photo: Soon-ok Heijmans)