First day of patient interaction finally arrived. After a week of third year orientation, a week of medicine orientation, and one day of hospice orientation, I am alert and oriented x3. Seeing actual people makes all that studying worth the past two years of my life. Continue reading
Our eyes met across the med school lobby, the sunshine pouring in all around. Though we’d never met, it felt as if we’d known each other since the halcyon days of biochem. He turned his shoulders toward mine. I stared back. To the thud-thud-thud of my heart, he approached.
Let your character define your medicine, not the other way around. You’ll become a robot if all you attend to is the journals and learning every new fact and staying late and missing soccer. That’s the challenge and that’s the art.
Here tests, there classes. Everywhere thoughts, nowhere patients.
Does anyone feel the strain of being wonderfully alive and woefully human? Continue reading
That’s nothing. Doesn’t hurt. Never mind. Physicians and future docs play the silent game, denying any ailment and ignoring another symptom, which if found in others, would produce a prompt reply–Go see someone! Get that fixed! Continue reading
What power has love but forgiveness? In other words, by its intervention What has been done can be undone. What good is it otherwise?
–William Carlos Williams
P.s. Did you know Williams was an MD by day and a writer by night!?!?
A gift, with kind countenance, is a double present.
Warning: Not a full blog post. Promise! Just sharing an adorbs story of answered prayer this Friday:
Have heard the story of the S-4 submarine? Pretend you’re–not a medical student this time–but a diver. The year is 1927. One frosty December day, your Massachusetts Coast Guard crashes and sinks the USS S-4. Heroically, you rescue many survivors yet six remain. Any attempt to open the hull simply allows more water stealing away precious oxygen. During their final hours, you place your ear to the hull and pick up faint Morse code–is there any hope?
This question adds a layer of complexity to the already daunting task of delivering difficult diagnoses Continue reading