Setting: Physical rehabilitation ward bed with two characters.
Student: Hi Mr. Reilly. How are you feeling today?
Mr. Reilly: Not too badly. I really wish I didn't have to be in here. I miss my home. My kids live too far away to visit me... You remind me of my granddaughter.
Student: Really. What does your granddaughter do?
Mr. Reilly: Oh - she wants to be an architect. I have two other children but I don't get to see them very often. May I call you Mary?
Mr. Reilly: Ah good. Well, tell me a little bit about your family Nan... uh Mary.
Student: Well, actually one of my sisters is actually an architect too. I decided to go into medicine because I enjoy working with people. I have four siblings, four brothers and sisters and they all live near my parents' farm. My parents can't help me much with my education. I miss them a lot when I'm in school. I can't afford to go back home too often.
Mr. Reilly: So money's rather tight. Your parents are so lucky to have many children. I'm sure your father misses you too.
Student: I certainly miss him a lot. (Beeper goers off and she checks it) I have to go. I'll come back at the end of my day and we can take a look at your album.(pointing)
(Student and Mr. Reilly looking at photos together, both smiling.)
(Two weeks later: Mr. Reilly is sitting reading a book by the bed, in street clothes.)
Student: Good morning, Mr. Reilly.
Mr. Reilly: Ah, Mary.
Student: I've got some good news for you. You're doing so well; Dr. Smith says you can leave tomorrow.
Mr. Reilly: Oh, that is really great news.
Student: I'm really happy for you though I will miss our little chats. Do you have anybody picking you up tomorrow?
Mr. Reilly: No, I'm alone. I'll take a taxi.
Student: I could drive you home tomorrow after my day. They're calling for a storm on the weather forecast.
Mr. Reilly: Thank you so much for all the care and attention you have given me. I've been waiting for this moment. (reaches for envelope from table by bed) I have a little something for you.
Student : Oh, thank you. (opening and envelope) Oh, but no, this is a cheque.
Mr. Reilly: That should take care of all your student debts. You are going to be a wonderful doctor.
Concluding facilitation question: What boundary issues did you identify?