Bones seem to be the only thing in medicine that makes me squirm.
Not bones themselves, but penetrating bone.
As I was somewhat cringing watching a bone marrow aspirate today, I wondered why I could watch surgeons take out a gall bladder or appendix without even flinching, but seeing a knee replacement and bone marrow aspirate made me squeamish.
I think it is because bone seems so permanent to me and trespassing the cortical bone to delve deep into the marrow I guess cements to me how permanent and intimate some of things we do in medicine are.
We get to know patients from the inside out, sometimes quite literally if you’re a surgeon.
And, as tough as training can be (and as cynical the long hours can surely make you), I try to remind myself that this job is a privilege- we get to be the secret keepers, the guardians of good health (hopefully).
[Ok, I can’t mention secret keepers without mentioning Harry Potter and how they shouldn’t have picked Peter Pettigrew as his secret keeper…]
I guess its a good thing I didn’t go into orthopedic surgery. And, I’ll probably be singing a different tune when I’m sleep deprived in a few months. So, remind me of this post if I get too cranky, people.
Just my thoughts from today. Do with them what you will.
Now, a question for you all. While the rest of the world seems to exclusively use email for communication, I’ve never once emailed with one of my doctors. However, I’ve played a lot of phone tag.
This article from the Wall Street Journal highlights this issue: doctors and email.
Do you email with your doctor? Do you think there are liability issues that arise with emailing between physicians and patients? Would emailing be of more convenience to you? Do you worry about privacy issues with email?
Personally, I would use email with my doctor. Much more convenient than calling (and usually playing phone tag), and a bit more private than calling. Who wants to be heard saying “Is it ok to take ‘x’ if started to have profuse diarrhea or is it harmful to take in pregnancy?” when you can type it?
TELL ME: THOUGHTS ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DOCTORS? ON EMAILING WITH YOUR DOCTOR?
Until next time..