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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Who Considers This?

I had an appointment with my rheumatologist ( I will call her Dr. O from here on) yesterday afternoon. That same morning the phone rang. It was one of the assistants of Dr. O. She called to reschedule, for Dr. O had been in that morning, but went home sick. I was grateful I didn't have any pressing issues, so I didn't mind to reschedule for a later date, but it did make me consider something. How often do I think of Dr.O, or any doctor for that matter, getting sick? Actually....never! I admit I would prolly even laugh at first if someone would have posed the idea of a doc getting sick. It made me question and judge myself: why?

Let me tell you about Dr.O. She is the most wonderful, caring doctor I have met so far! From the moment I met her, she has shown me nothing but concern for my well-being, kindness, care and gentleness. Not just for my RA, but for every single aspect of my life. Every small ache, change or discomfort is taken into consideration, or taken action upon. Every preventing measure she will not let go by as she keeps a close watch on my health.
When we got to know each other better, she even showed interest and sympathy in/for my personal life. Asks about my girls, if all is well at home etc. One time, when she was behind on her schedule, she popped her head around the door of the waiting room where I was in, just to let me know she was being late and that it would not take much longer before she would see me. And she even apologized for being behind.
She suggests what I could or should do, gives me her opinion of what would be best and why, but leaves the decisions up to me. She takes the time to answer my questions and doesn't hesitate to tell me if/when she has not enough information to answer. She truly is a gem! I have a very high opinion of her, as a doctor and a person. I think you can tell huh, haha?

And now she is sick. Which dismantles the belief that a doctor won't/can't get sick, just because he/she is a doctor. And I am grateful for it. That belief was false and needed to be replaced with the truth. A doctor is a person, like you and me. Not a God in a white coat ( I still notice elderly people looking up at them, afraid to ask what they don't understand or want to know), but flesh and blood, with the same flaws, mistakes and imperfections as me. They too need our prayers!

So it makes me wonder if you already had considered this, or was it just a false belief on my part?

Get well soon Dr. O, you are in our prayers:-)

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

5 Comments:

Anonymous abraham said...

Hello, Arthritis has plagued my wife of 50 years for most of that time and I took her to specialists and she took medicine and she still has it. Then I got it and when we walk our dog, Autumn Eve, around the block we must seem to float past the houses. Even Autumn, the dog, is slow as she is close to the end of her time, even as we are. My hips hurt and her hips hurt and my feet ache and so it goes. I am truly thankful for friends like you and I do enjoy reading your blog, a lot. And, most of all, I smile each time I see you have visited mine. Take care. oldmanlincoln.modblog.com

October 14, 2005 3:43 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Abraham:

I am sorry to hear you both are in pain. I suppose you have tried several pain medications? One may work better then the other, that is my experience:-)

I think it is not bad at all to "float" by. I used to do that when my girls were small and I would take them grocery shopping. It was not far to the store and I would walk slowly, using the stroller as a walker because my knees would hurt. We saw and enjoyed things we wouldn't have if we had just rushed by. Everything for a reason huh:-)

Thank you for considering me a friend, it is mutual:-), and for the encouragement on my blog. I love reading yours as well and I visit often.

You both are in our prayers.

God's Grace.

October 14, 2005 3:43 PM  
Anonymous karen said...

We never consider our doctors are human. I sometimes think my doctor is "Super Doc". This makes me appreciate him more. Thanks for reminding us....

October 16, 2005 3:07 PM  
Anonymous nan said...

Corry, I'll keep you in my prayers as well. As for the doctor myth, I think it is true for a lot of people. They look at them as gods. I think that is because it takes so much training to become a doctor that most people imagine they must be smarter than the average human being.

It certainly is a blessing to find a doctor like yours who is so genuinely interested in the well being of her patients. What makes a doctor like that so treasured is that there aren't too many of them.

October 17, 2005 6:42 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Karen:

No need to thank me, I shared what God showed me:-)

nan:

Thank you for your prayers:-) I suppose we assume just because they are doctors, they can not get sick.
And yes, I am blessed with a doctor like that. I pray many others have/will be given the same blessings.

God's Grace.

October 17, 2005 6:43 AM  

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