Healing The Hidden Pain of despair and hopelessness!
A PHYSICIAN’S PLEA.
A junior doctor. A simple question.
“How am I supposed to go on caring?”
At the time, suggestions abound.
Work-life balance. Self-care. Hobbies.
Remembering our initial calling.
Remembering we still make a difference.
Remembering our love for medicine
and the privilege we have as caregivers.
Then the realization-
I don’t know the answer.
I only know that I have witnessed around me-
at every stage of training and practice-
evidence of emotional exhaustion.
So this is my plea.
A plea as we
embark further into
the world of medicine.
never to lose the satisfaction
we experience in caring for others–
the thrill savored
when we supported our first patient,
the warmth felt when families embrace us,
entrusting us with their care,
to preserve our love,
That despite challenges faced,
we refuse to lose what we have gained.
That despite the obstacles
in an ever-changing environment–
despite the self-doubt, criticism, personal struggles–
despite the constant immersion into death and suffering
and the consequent self-preservatory layers
of emotional shield–
That we would continue
Because this is my hope for the future.
That we would never lose the simple joy of helping others.
• • •
“So how does it really feel to be handed someone’s life…to fight for that life…only to lose the very thing you were aiming to save…?”
Over the last couple of years, I have often encountered these sorts of questions… questions regarding my days and nights living and working as a physician. I had initially created this blog as a way to share my experiences through a medium that I felt could only begin to do this complex profession and all of its players some degree of justice. It was my way of capturing, assimilating, and articulating some of my feelings… the moments of joy, contentment, frustration,guilt, loss, and acceptance…that I have experienced since my introduction into the whirlwind realm that is the art of medicine and patient care.
However, over time, Musings has evolved to become less a simple portrait of the days spent as a caregiver, and more simply a reflection of all that lies beyond the white coat—the tears and chuckles, fears and hopes of life—in other words…a beating, human heart.
Phoebe (aka ‘PuppyDoc’)
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