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The Downside of Being a Doctor

Monday, November 28, 2011

1. Seeing a pt you were making jokes with yesterday, now dying.
2. Seeing the suffering of the sick.
3. Witnessing the futile hopes of the families.
4. Having to tell those families that even in the ICU, there's nothing else we can do.
5. Seeing 'til death do us part' actually happen.
6. Being helpless to stop the inevitable.
7. Performing my last physical exam and pronouncing my patient dead.

These things have repeated themselves for me more times than I would like in the past month. I remember every face and every tear. Oh, I forgot one:

8. Other people thinking that the loss of human life is something I have gotten used to. I haven't.
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    It must be so hard. I know it was tough being a cop and having to tell family members a loved one had died but you see it on a much larger scale than I did.

    2364 days ago
    2364 days ago
    It is the downside for us but it is the comfort we offer to the families of those we care for. Be grateful that you are priveleged to help those in need and may you never become jaded to the despair of those we are assisting. Families will remember you and be glad you chose to help. :(
    2367 days ago
    May the "caring" part of your practice continue and flourish!

    2367 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for doing what you do.
    2370 days ago
    You are such a beautiful person. This brought a tear to my heart and made me think of my own doctors. We take your profession for granted sometimes and this made me think of all the times I've gotten a compassionate hug from my doctor when something terrible happened to my little son and the heart felt talks I've had with my cardiologist. I've always felt that I wouldn't change either of these doctors for the world, but after reading your blog, I'd make that exception to change to you. You are someone with a heart and a soul and I remember how romantic you are from when you got engaged and married. It all ties in together. You are a very very special person and I'm glad to know you. emoticon
    2370 days ago
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