I saw a patient today who thanked me for talking him into getting a colonoscopy as we found a precancerous polyp. At the end of the visit, he said, "I appreciate you." It made my day. Not all patients are appreciative and it was so nice to be thanked, although really, I was just doing my job.
Later this morning, a bouquet of gerber daisies arrived with a thank you card from the same patient. I got a little teary-eyed...it was a good day to be a nurse practitioner. :)