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Ramblings of an Emergency Physician in Texas

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By: MyssiAnn

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:27:54 +0000

I am living proof that while she may never be totally the same, she may be substantially less damaged than you think. My accident was on a bike, but I didn't wake up for over a day and half. It took me over two years to get the nerve to get on a bike again, over 10 to learn to write left-handed again and I still can't play the piano or sew because I can't make my hands do two different rhythms/actions at the same time. But I can walk and talk and parent and I know that I have had a miraculous recovery. This girl will be in my prayers. It's a long road back, but it's worth the work. God bless you for what you do. ER docs are my heroes.

By: Hannah

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:27:08 +0000

*Whew* *Sigh* I tend to believe that families appreciate our identifying with them and being compassion. I've written about this before and know that when I have been in for care for my children--or myself--that makes a big difference. It's a sad reality that our tears can't change life-threatening or life-changing outcomes, but it keeps us human. Hannah

By: epicurus

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 08:29:30 +0000

Kudos to you, GruntDoc. We are human beings first, after all, and doctors second.

By: jerry

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 06:05:51 +0000

I too am an ER doc. I have cried driving home so many nights.

By: MedSleuth

Mon, 07 Nov 2005 14:36:14 +0000

Sometimes it is surprising to patients that doctors are actually human with human emotions who really do want to see the best outcome for them. It is so tragic to look at the faces of the lives permanently changed in a single instant with very little that can be done to change their destiny. A kind word, a gentle touch, and the gift of your tears are sometimes all that can be given, which feels so inadequate. Feeling overwhelmed by your emotions in that moment is exactly why the world needs doctors like you.

By: Greg P

Mon, 07 Nov 2005 13:07:25 +0000

I'm glad I don't get involved with trauma that much. What's especially hard is that many times in the background, you know the organ donation team has gotten involved.

By: david

Mon, 07 Nov 2005 11:12:03 +0000

Damn. Tears are OK, Doc.

By: Deb

Mon, 07 Nov 2005 10:33:59 +0000

I am awed by your experience and your compassion. ~Deb