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On Behalf of the Doctors

May 7, 2012

As a community of people who have a chronic illness, we see doctors, a lot.  I choose to see my endocrinologist at Joslin, which is one of the best places in the country I could go.  When I got there last week, there was an ambulance right out front (and not just driving by).  At that moment I prepared myself for a lengthy visit and was glad I had my Nook with me.

If you read me regularly, you know that I’m a nanny.  I don’t mind talking about my life as a nanny, but I do try to keep it to a minimum for the sake of the family.  But I have to say this.  I work for physicians.  I see their frustrated faces when they get home from work.  I see how tired they are when they were on call the night before.  I see how much they love their children and I see their heartbreak when they miss awesome things.  I see that they are scheduled to the max.  I know that they are people.  I know that they love their family more than anything else and regard their job as something very important and they work hard to make it work for you.

As I was sitting waiting to get my blood taken, these two women were bitching complaining about how they didn’t get taken right on time and how they have schedules and this and that.  They were talking about how they need to pick up their children from school and they need to do this and they need to do that.  Do you know that they’re real people and they have families and they have things come up to?  I’m their nanny and I make sure that they can be their for you.  But I’ve called in sick before and I’ve done it for a whole week.  It’s life, and while they’re taking care of us, other people are helping them to be able to help you.  So give them a chance.  Realize that they’re people too and be thankful that you’re able to see doctors other people would give their arm for.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2012 9:32 AM

    Great perspective, Briley. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own problems and challenges that we forget to consider what others are dealing with!

  2. May 7, 2012 2:09 PM

    AMEN. see also: if one patient shows up 10 minutes late, that puts the doc 20 minutes behind, and there goes a whole appointment. Don’t be mad when you’re late and we refuse to see you, don’t be mad when you’re early and you get in 5 minutes after your scheduled time.
    We have endos on call who miss their kids first t-ball game because someone showed up to their 4:20 appt at 4:30 and their kid’s game was at 5. The amount of stress and work that these doctors do for you between appointments at home and in the office is unreal. What a great post from a different, but still valid and important, point of view. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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