Daily Archives: December 1, 2014

The “Eyes” have it; they’ve got Sammy Davis Eyes….an Experience from My Clinical Pastoral Education Residency

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
I have spent the day and much of the evening working and re-editing the Gettysburg text chapter about Pickett’s Charge. It is now in the hands of my wife Judy to do some editing, checking grammar and making sure that I really meant to write what I wrote.
So tonight a bit of Emergency Room gallows humor from over 20 years ago when I was a young minister and recent seminary graduate doing a Pastoral Care Residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas Texas. I published the article on this site like five years ago and tonight did a bit of editing to make it just a bit easier to follow.
It is positively creepy but true and a testimony to what some people will do to themselves under the delusion, drug induced or not that God is telling them to do it.
So I hope this gives you great appetite and a few laughs even as you shake your head in disbelief.
Have a great night,
Padre Steve+

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Sometimes I gotta wonder about people, especially some religious people.  Of course we can all probably relate to some incident where someone with their religious beliefs led to somewhat unusual situations, even funny or tragic situations.

Of course when you work as a Trauma and Surgery Department Chaplain at a major inner city Level One Trauma Center like Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the unusual, the funny and the tragic can all be wrapped into one or maybe two two stories, sometimes on the same day.  Such an occasion occurred about halfway through my residency year at Parkland in March 1994.

About a quarter into my residency my Clinical Pastoral Care Residency Supervisor moved me from the Internal Medicine service to Trauma, Surgery and Neurosurgery service which included the Trauma and Surgery section of the Emergency Department. This several years before the hospital began their Emergency Medicine Residency and unified…

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