Thursday, 9 June 2011

Today's thoughts

Illness.

It seems to swarm in on you. Even if you are not the one directly affected, if you have a loved one who is suffering from disease it can be difficult not to be emotionally involved. Disease can be a silent predator. Though one might think they are fine one day, tomorrow might not be so uneventful.

Sometimes our approach to illness is solid. We personify it and attack it as if it were an enemy. And, if the approach appears to work, we feel empowered. At other times, the illness is unforgiving. A day goes by, a weeks goes by, and then you find yourself several months later being told by that person in the white cloak who not long ago was a stranger to you, "The problem is only getting worse and may not be resolved."

This is not an easy thing to handle. We try our best. We try to remain optimistic. "May not be resolved" doesn't mean that it will not be resolved. And we try to take the guidance of professionals as best as we can.

In the end, we can only do so much.

I think that as future doctors, having compassion for others will be a great asset. Though there should be a professional boundary, it is very difficult to face illness and your words will carry quite a lot of weight for your patients.

Having lost a close family member yesterday, I was reminded of this fact. As well, my visits to the vet and familial illness have showed me just how important a compassionate and open healthcare professional is in patient recovery.

5 comments:

  1. *hugs

    I hope you are doing ok. I agree with this 1000000000%. Having lost two (or maybe three) very important people in my life, I can relate how hard this must be. But eventually, you will move forward, smile and treasure the memories you've shared. You will be a more compassionate, caring and loving doc one day. Stay strong <3 and PM me if you want to talk.
    DM

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  2. Thanks for the comment :)
    Luckily, I deal with these type of things pretty well. I have some great memories with the person who passed away. And he was very much loved by everyone. He was my great uncle and he loved to make jokes. I used one of them today on pm101 actually!

    Such a great guy.

    Thanks for the comment :) And regarding compassionate and loving doctors, it's a very big hope of mine that compassion will have a bigger role in medicine. Dealing with doctors/vets/nurses this year has shown me what a difference caring for others makes.

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  3. glad you are doing well =).

    DM

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  4. I'm so sorry Cerena *hugs*

    I've been lucky in that I (and my close family) haven't needed to deal with doctors wrt illness much, but just having been through 2 surgeries in the last year I can't tell you how much I appreciated my surgeon's helpfulness and caring, how much it made things easier.

    Courage, les choses iront mieux bientôt :)

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  5. Merci, Michelle <3
    A chaque jour suffit sa peine.

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