Thursday, January 21, 2016
Today I am grateful for personal responsibility regarding medical professionals. You know how you are and you know who they are.
I have several friends, including me, who have been, or are now under the care of medical professionals. We are blown away by their dedication, kindness and concern. These folks are very underrated. Just think of it. . .each day it is their responsibility to care for people in various stages of illness and/or pain. Some of us, understandably so, are not too pleasant under those conditions.
When I was in the hospital, the kindness, caring and even humor of the staff was awesome. Even through shift changes, a large hospital population and different roommates, they maintained a sense of calm professionalism.
But it wasn’t all on them. I had a role to play, too. I learned a long time ago that it serves no purpose to be a bitch, even when “bitch” is what you feel like. None. Just the tone of your voice can change the way a person wants to help you. . . or not. That’s human nature. Snap at someone and see how quickly they come back for more. Even if they have to.
Sure you have to give your name and birth date ad nauseum. Sure you might not get your towels when you want them because they are dealing with another patient. This is not the Hilton. Get over it! They are dealing with people with varying needs, juggling them like circus performers on opening night. . .each different. . .each important. . .each special. . .to someone.
Medical professionals will be happy to care for you, but you have a personal responsibility as to how you treat them when they do.