Today’s post is a bit different. I had a piece featured on another site where I talk about keeping the faith in medicine and I’d love it if you checked it out. Keep reading to learn what inspired me to write this post. If you want to jump straight to the post you can do so by clicking here!
“In the field of medicine it isn’t uncommon to empty yourself in hopes of filling someone else.”
Whether you’re spiritual or not, it’s very easy for medicine to take an emotional and mental toll on you. In addition to the long hours and late nights, there is a lot of death, dying and suffering. On top of all of that, medical providers also are given the privilege to hear stories and take on the pain and suffering of others. Please take note of my use of the word privilege. While some may see it as a burden to carry the stories of others on their shoulders and in their heart, medical providers can’t forget the fact that they are being trusted with these secrets and stories that others aren’t privy to. Because everyone is not fortunate to experience the physician-patient relationship from a medical provider’s perspective I think that it’s important to remember that while this experience may sometimes weigh us down or stress us out, having a patient share with you is a privilege and gift that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
With that being said, I am a very emotional person. I literally feel everything, including the emotions of those around me. When my friends hurt, I hurt too. When they’re happy and good things happen to them, my heart soars with joy for them. While this is great for relating to others and being able to be empathetic, it can also be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually draining. This is especially true in the field of medicine where it isn’t uncommon to empty yourself in hopes of filling someone else.
Ashley Roxanne over at Daily Medicine Blog gave me an opportunity to share tips regarding how I re-fuel my spirits and keep my faith in medicine. I’d love it if you checked out my piece by clicking here.
Thank you for the support!