Tag: premed

I’m Sorry I Couldn’t Do More.

You took your life.

I’m sorry I was only
fifteen feet away.

The doctors were only fifteen feet away.

You didn’t know this.
But I spent days and nights
next door to where you decided
to end your life. Where the doctors
gather, pondering over differentials…
treatments…dissecting our every move
to ensure that we are doing the
right thing for you.

The right thing…

If I had known you,
I would have fought for you.
I know you weren’t my patient;
I know we had never even met.
I am just the person who found
you. Who pronounced you.
You were already cold,
but still, I placed the
stethoscope against
your chest and
listened.

I didn’t hear anything.

Did you hear me as
I wept for you?

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry
you were suffering.

I’m sorry you felt
as if
you had
no way out.

I’m sorry I couldn’t do more. 

This is a reflection over an event that happened during residency.
An event I still think about at times. 
A lingering guilt.

Poetry & Medicine, part II.

“I could prescribe any of a dozen antibiotics to cure
endocarditis, 
or even a thrombolytic agent
to stave off a heart attack; 
but what I
yearned for was the elixir of poetry,

which could heal the otherwise
untreatable 
condition of
my broken heart.”

This quote, by poet and physician Rafael Campo*,
beautifully captures the essence of the union
between the arts…and the art of medicine.

Therefore, today I will let him speak for me. 
This is from his poem What the Body Told:

“To somewhere distant in my heart, they cry.
I look inside their other-person’s mouths
And see the wet interior of souls.
It’s warm and red in there–like love, with teeth.
I’ve studied medicine until I cried.”

*Rafael Campo is an internal medicine physician and poet currently on faculty at Harvard.

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A few bloggers I would like to ask to share a quote or two:

Rules of the Quote Challenge:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 
With love,
PuppyDoc

Poetry & Medicine, part I.

Tidbits about William Carlos Williams (1883-1963):

♦ A renowned writer, he was said to be a “doctor by day, poet by night.”

♦ He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, was trained in family medicine and pediatrics, and served as the chief of pediatrics for 40 years at what is now St. Mary’s General Hospital in New Jersey.

♦ He painted during his early years, similar to his mother, who was a Paris-trained artist.

♦ As one closely associated with modernest poetry and imagism, he also had marked influence on the American literary movements of the 1950’s including the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beat movement, and the New York School. 

♦ He is an inspiration to PuppyDoc. 

Thank you, Mysterious Mind of Mine, for challenging me. 

🙂

Now I would like to ask these ones to share a quote or two:

Annie at Gentle Kindness

Chris at The Brown Bag Special

Claudette at To Search and to Find

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Rules of the Quote Challenge:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 

With love, 

PuppyDoc