If you followed this blog, even for a short time, you are familiar with Dr. Hinkle. Really, he is a special man. Especially to Ryan and our family. He has made it a purpose to care for Ryan’s eyes. His work is clear, as Ryan’s eyes are mostly healed and continue to make progress.
I’ve never been of the belief that doctors and nurses should not get attached to patients. Some patients, like Ryan, need this attention. For us, we are not satisfied unless the doctor or nurse “takes Ryan home with them”, as they say. We look for this in a doctor. It’s just that important to us.
Dr. Hinkle goes beyond taking Ryan home with him. He comes to Ryan. He attends fundraisers. He orders “We Got This” shirts for his family. He gets us in contact with lawyers and other doctors. He attends seminars seeking out products for Ryan. He checks in to see how we’re doing. Yep… old-fashioned care, for sure.
You all must know by know that I have a knack for sharing text messages, on occasion, I receive from people. You see, every once in a while they touch me… deeply. Such was the case with one (of many) I received on Friday:
Dr. Hinkle: Ken, as always, I really appreciate your positive comments in your blog. I have had so many patients who are new or existing that have mentioned this. The fact remains, I look forward to seeing you guys and caring for Ryan.
Me: That’s great to hear!
Dr. Hinkle: I hope Ryan’s eyes are looking good with the GenTeal gel?
Me: No worse.
Dr. Hinkle: That sounds good Ken. I will be here if you see any changes. You guys take care.
Three things pop out at me immediately: 1) I need to do a better job responding to people. I really suck at it, 2) Dr. Hinkle is just so genuine, and 3) Readers see value in my recommendations and let businesses know how they heard about them.
If you’re looking for excellent vision care in Northern Virginia, he’s the doctor for it. Here is a link to his Vision Source site.
- Dr. Hinkle: “Eyes are Best I’ve Ever Seen Them” (ryansrally.org)
- Eyes Improved: Constant Battle (rallyforryan.wordpress.com)
- Left Eye Slightly Improved. Right Eye has New Abrasion. (rallyforryan.wordpress.com)
- Today’s To Do List (ryansrally.org)