One of the patients I saw today was an elderly woman. She said she was referred by her daughter whom I had seen the week before. Apparently, her daughter was satisfied with the service we provided in our clinic and thus referred her mother to me. The mother mentioned later that her daughter was a doctor. Today, I am very grateful for that vote of confidence that doctor gave me. She did not identify herself as a doctor when I saw her. But sending her mom to me was a sign that I had done her some good.
I visited a relative in the hospital today. He was confined in the Intensive Care Unit of a tertiary hospital. As expected, he had numerous wires and intravenous lines attached to him. He was hooked up to different machines, each monitoring one aspect of his medical care. I remember the conditions when I was still in training. We had to manually count the number of drops of the intravenous fluid and adjust it accordingly. We had to check the heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure manually, since there were no electrical monitors. By the time you finish with all the patients assigned to you, it was time to go on the next round of monitoring. Modernization of medical equipment has allowed health care providers to focus on the treatment of the patient. I hope that this particular patient pulls through and recovers from this incident.
I am grateful for my profession. I love that I am able to help sick people get better. The satisfaction that comes from knowing that I was able to make someone feel better – priceless!