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1Dec. 11th Clinical Post Empty Dec. 11th Clinical Post on Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:24 am


I enjoyed The Other End of the Stethoscope, although I did find it difficult to read at times. I kept putting myself in his position and realizing what a nightmare he must have went through. But I think maybe this is what we should do with each of our patients. My mind goes back to Sunday School when we were taught to treat others as we would like to be treated. Wouldn't the world be a fantastic place to live in if we could each just do this one simple thing? But it isn't simple, is it? Along with loving, caring, and giving, human beings are also capable of hate, spite, and jealousy (to name a few). And we start young. We see what others have, and we want it. We see others as having "greener grass" and often over-look our own advantages. A good book to read to look deeper into the human heart is Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield." Although written more than 100 years ago, this book takes you on the journey of the young orphan David as he struggles to tame his "undisciplined" heart. He is exposed to the greatest cruelties and the utmost kindnesses of human behavior. As David learns, the reader recalls moments in his/her own life that became turning points--times when the choices made created a pathway leading to either happiness or sadness. In the end, David realizes he is responsible for his own behavoir reguardless of his exposure to the darker side of human nature.

"Watchdog" I'm not quite sure what you want here, but I will try. There is an individual who worries me at clinicals. The behavior I have observed concerns me for his patients. I have expressed my concerns, so my conscience is clear. Certain events have been more cause for concern, but perhaps it isn't my place to "watch" over him. But it is my place to watch over the patients...patient advocate, right? Whatever happens, I want the patients to be safe and I want to graduate. I don't want my barking to get me into trouble. I know my heart is in the right place, but will others????

"Over-apologizing" I just want to say here that I do this one all the time and I am so sorry...I mean...I apologize...I can either forgive me and get over it or hold it against me for I can't isolate just one incident where this happend at clinical...pick a day...any day... Smile

"Rocked the Boat" The water my boat floats on is never calm. Its captain rocks the hell out of it daily. When I see something happening that I feel is unfair or just wrong, I have a slight tendency to speak out. I know this shocks you...but it's true (wink). I find myself wanting order and justice everywhere I go. And like a true idiot, I keep expecting it. What I have to keep reminding myself of is that "no one knows the path of another." The best we can do is to reach out to one another, respect ourselves and each other, and do our best to treat one another the way we want to be treated...reguardless of our exposure to the unkindnesses of another. Perhaps my captain will tire one day, my waters will calm, and my boat will quit rocking. And maybe one day pigs will actually fly... Smile

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