When someone is sick or in pain, a health care professional can make a huge difference in that person's life. This can be a very wonderful difference or a very bad one. I want to say thanks to all who lose sleep, give unconditionally, and truly care for the people they care for. To these people, you should be recognized, awarded, and appreciated deeply.
I must address a real issue that I am seeing more and more in the health care field. While it is understandable that being subject to people in pain, people with issues, hearing complaints after complaints, thirty times a day all day, all week, all year - that it can easily cause defense mechanisms to arise and come into play. These are put into place for many reasons but no matter what the reason, the person who decided to become involved in the world of saving people from horrible experiences, need to find ways to cope while keeping their hearts open and being the caring person they are supposed to be. Unfortunately, I am seeing less and less caring health care workers.
The top of the list are dentists. Now I am not addressing the work that they do - I am not saying that their work is not good work but did you ever try to get into a dentist office quickly because you were in so much pain, that you felt like jumping to your own death? Dentists understand tooth pain yet for some reason, even an established patient usually waits 3 to 7 days to get an appointment and then after waiting all that time in so much pain you want to hang yourself, they look at your tooth and say, "Yup, it's gotta come out," when you are well aware of that way before you called to make the appointment. Then you only have to wait another 3 to 7 days - sometimes more.
I don't care how busy a dentist office may be, if someone hurts that severely, they need to remember that they have a heart and treat that person. A family doctor will usually squeeze in a sick patient the same day even though they are totally booked up. Why can they do that yet a dentist cannot?
Moving on to others such as doctors and nurses...I have been to many doctors - especially hospitals, where they are either just so numb to people in severe pain that they just don't care or they just don't care.
I have seen my share of pain and the pain of many other people. I have been helping people my entire life. I was at a hospital with a teenager who was having the worst, severe pains in his stomach and abdomen that he ever felt. It was so severe, that he cried horribly when he didn't even cry when he split his chin wide open exposing the bone or when he broke his arm, etc.
This kid was writhing in extreme pain and the nurses and doctors knew it. Did they give him anything for pain? NO, they didn't. He was on his knees, on the cold, hard floor, then collapsed onto the floor just laying there bunched up, crying and the nurses literally stepped over his body. They didn't speak to him, they didn't ask him anything, they offered no relief, just nothing. The mother cried and begged for help over and over and they just said, "soon." The mother took this child to two different hospitals that night and neither one of them were any help at all. The boy finally fell asleep on with his knees on the floor and the top half of his body leaning over the bed. He got some relief on his own in that position and was able to sleep. He slept like that for a few hours and still, no doctor, no nurse helped him.
When a doctor finally did examine him, the only conclusion they came to was that is wasn't appendicitis, gall bladder, or blocked intestines. They NEVER found out what caused the pain.
A follow up to the doctor was no help either. The doctor said everything must be alright because the normal slew of money making tests came out fine. I guess severe pain is just a 'thing' that comes sometimes and you just have to suffer through it until it decides to leave - hopefully, right?
This one just one case - one horrible instance of health care neglect, health care not caring. Going to the doctor is like being on a production line and/or in a retail store. You get there, sign in and wait. While waiting you hear 50 thousand add for every type of medicine in the book with a long list of horrifying deadly side effects that you know your doctor will eventually prescribe for you on top of the other 20 medications that you are already on. If you thought you were sick before that - you haven't seen anything yet. More people die from prescription medications per year than illegal drug users every single year. So you finally get into the back and you are pushed out so fast you barely remembered what you wanted to talk about but you probably came out with a new medication.
I'm sorry - I mean no disrespect to those out there that are really trying to help people but your heart must be there too. Your heart is the biggest healer. Money seems to be the number one reason for most health professionals to enter into that field - especially the doctors but people need a doctor, nurse, assistant - with a heart. If someone is hurting so badly that they contemplate suicide - and I have met several - then would it really hurt to spend an extra 20 minutes of your life to see that person? Would it really?
If you have to become so numb as to not be upset working around patients in bad shape or horrible pain, then it may be time to move on and get another type of job. If you are just in it for the money, then karma may find you and you may find yourself in the same position someday. More importantly, you need to re-evaluate where you are as a person - as a human being and find your heart again.
Something has to change. People are in bad shape and the medical/dental profession is outrageous not to mention the cost of medical attention - it is bizarrely insane. What gives these people the right to charge so much? Especially a dentist. Does it, in all sincerity and honesty - really cost $950 to do a 20 minute root canal? Does it really cost $300 for a few minutes worth of anesthesia? And when someone has one of the worst diseases in this entire planet, is it necessary to charge $10k for 1 pill? What is wrong with this picture?
The doctors that see patients that do not have or cannot afford expensive medical plans - many of them do not give the same care as they would with a patient that they will get more out of the insurance company for their visit and treatment. Again - what is wrong here?
People have to join together and start demanding changes in the way this industry handles patients. We are not cattle, we are not shopping for drugs, we do not need sarcasm, ridicule, neglect, or accusations. I have many stories - true stories I could share and I bet many of you do as well.
Please feel free to leave your story as a comment.