Saturday, October 4, 2008

Blogging from the ER

The few times I have been on the receiving end of the emergency department are always eye openers. We always underestimate the kinda pain our patients are really in. And would be busy obsessing about the fact that we are overworked, under appreciated, and that we should get out of the hellhole pronto. Then there's the medical part of it all, make a diagnosis, treat, and move on.

I guess our detachment is partly because we've seen it all, and partly self preservation. And its good, but every once in a while, having "the patient experience" is a much needed refresher course.

Being a patient from the first step he takes into the hospital, the time he has to wait, the questions he is asked and their implications on him, privacy, urgency, pain, insurance, time, transportation, psychological impact.. All those are issues we tend to overlook when we are called to attend to our "cases". We look at the condition, and not the person as a whole.

Ofcourse, its unintentional (I hope that's the case with every other doctor too), but in order to strive for excellence, we need to keep reminding ourselves of how it feels to be in their shoes.

I'm currently on so many different painkillers I'm not sure I make sense to anyone but me.

- to reaching out, opening up, and being there for those who really matter xx

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Sh7afana said...

and thats whats gonna make u an excellent doctor :)

ROSA E OLIVIER said...!...and girl!...for you...

"love is the one who masters all things."

Mawlãnã Rumi.

Ansam said...

God bless you walla yekathir min amthalich :-)

I ♥ pink Sugar said...

mashallah, i say god bless you as well...
i know how DR's here feel under-appreciated!! which is absolutely sad...

two of my very close emarati dr friends, have moved to germany couple of years back to practice there. they are brilliant i tell you!!! but they weren't given the trust, nor the confidence to work here!! so they decided to move out!!

i tell you people, when u wanna see a dr. ask for an emarti!! at least thats what i do!! if we wouldnt embed a sense of trust in them no one will!!!

I ♥ pink Sugar supports emarati dr's...hats off and two thumbs up :D

ĐǻñĎõøðñ said...

we need to be put in the patients shoes every once in a while to remind ourselves that we're dealing with human being and not cases ;)

matshofeen shar :)

Baroque said...

salamaaaat babe :*
matshoofeeen shaar xx
believe it or not, u make perfect sense.

Mi said...

mattshoofeen sharr babe .. get well soon x

3anooda said...

salamat - i feel sometimes when u are under the influence u make more sense. LOL