A medical student. 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.
But 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 embraced 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
Categories: All Poetry, Medical Poetry, Spoken Word Videos
It’s not easy being a physician. Your plea certainly is important. I wish you the best with your work as a caregiver. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day!
She squatted next to the washbasin, facing the narrow hospital bed where her patient was having his twelfth stroke. In her eyes, the firm resolve of a lioness. He read in her eyes, on her face: “Uncle, you’re N O T going to die on MY watch!”.
Oh, this is a true story.
I’ve never studied medicine but I can relate with losing love and interest for a field. Halfway through my physics degree my mental health troubles began and subsequently I lost interest in just about every aspect of my degree. Even started to hate it. With medicine I imagine going through something like that would be very different though, since it’s so connected to helping people.
Absolutely. It’s something that can affect anyone in any profession. Thanks for sharing. 💙