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Thank you for posting and bringing this much needed subject to public awareness. What we see and experience with our patients can effect us on a deep emotional and physical level. Thank you again for speaking out on this. You have given me the courage to do the same! Dawn RN. Each TOD is a loss of a life: a loss of a father,a mother,a son,a daughter,a friend. I have cried silently. In Florida they did a few legitimate raids on pain management dr?

There is a Hugh difference between living a life you can look forward to getting up to each day and one that is just short of mere existence. But the laws and fearful doctors have put me in a horrible existence once again. Thank you for listening I just refuse to take the mark of the beast in order to get what little pain relief I am getting now when the world turns into a one ruler world I pray God takes my life before I have to make that decision death may be a breath of fresh air from where I stand at this point in my life.

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Other countries do not find in mentally insane or wrong to relieve them selves from hell on earth but the USA has its laws except for two states I believe. But that is still not my deep hearted wish.

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Well once again thank you for your time Lisa. I have seen the coldness and callousness of doctors many times. My father, who would have been 55 years old this year in September, died last year, February 23rd. He was hurting badly, then extremely, but was still working 40 plus hours a week at his hard job, welding, etc. He kept on and kept on seeing his family physician, and that physician kept on and kept on sending him referral after referral to a variety of other physicians. I took him to various Emergency Rooms, time and time again, and they would give him pain meds and send him away.

So, they kept him, ran tests, and found out he had cancer that had started in his liver and by now had spread to his other organs and bones hence, the immense pain he was in for SO LONG! He stayed for a week in the hospital and they sent him home and hospice pumped him so full of pain meds, he was incoherent and unable to speak or even walk. The physicians, medical staff, and of course, hospice, treated him like he was nothing. Things HAVE to change. It is a travesty the way patients are treated by doctors, medical staff, the system, etc. I only wish my Father had a compassionate, caring physician when he needed one most.

I am so sorry Kristina. Please know that doctors never wanted to harm patients. Many have been so harmed by the same healthcare system that victimizes patients. This really does make you think, we always see that straight professionalism from our doctors, something we almost take as a given, so to see this side of things is very interesting and thought provoking. I just want to say thank all doctors for everything they do.

Thank you all very much. I am a pediatric intensivist. I think I was considered emotional when I was in training but am blessed to have a wonderful group of partners and interdisciplinary PICU staff who acknowledge and share in the pain. Even with that, the weight of what we do among other things is steering me towards early retirement. Admittedly, pediatrics is a different group of people; it is abominable that all medical specialties cannot recognize the personal side of being a healthcare provider.

KUDOS to the physician that allowed himself to be seen as a vulnerable, real person.

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Thank you Patti. Totally agree and you have inspired me to write a follow-up piece on this blog.

Look for it in the next few days. We need you—and your tears. I cried reading this. I was poor and sick and had no where else to go. I am neither. Now I learned I have found I have been suffering with CLL, chronic Leukemia which no doctor would admit to until I was put in a psyche ward and if I died there no one would care, I screamed for help and the orderlies just laughed for 4 years and been self treating with natropathic medicine like hawthorn berry for my heart and blood to prevent platelet aggregation and DIC.

Doctors are exploiting people and telling them this or that is good for them and if I had taken all that they gave me in pills I would be dead via doctors orders and apathetic negligence. One doctor acted like a human being. I hate each one of those who look on anyone without mercy. Sitting on the exam bed next to me maybe three feet away examining my limb. Last time he moved my joint during a exam, sitting on the bed beside me.

I winced because of the pain. When he does discuss treatment he normally stands or sits normal to long distance away from me. He did comment at my first consult I looked tense. I commend this doctor because he has true feelings! Being a nurse i understand how he feels. I see children die from illness and cancer and it is heart wrenching. We have to stay strong for the family as they grieve. Have some compassion for your healthcare workers because we need it!!

The major stressor for myself in medicine was to know how to treat the patient, but the patient was not insured, or his plan did not cover the treatment, and the hours taken away from patient care to do meaningless paperwork for insurers, medicare, constant useless requirement and expensive continuing medical education that had to paid for. I just came upon this article as I was searching for a piece of prose in relation to a patients demise and how they so very often reveal their deepest fears and dark secrets that have been festering in the recesses of their psyche for decades.

I am an ex hospice nurse and cried often with my colleagues over the years.

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We always said ….. All medical staff ,who work on such intense levels with humanity must have the best and consistent psychological assistance to maintain high standards of care for themselves and their patients. Sadly this appears to be too much to ask for. God willing this will change in the future.! Wible is right, as always. Doctors are people, too. And, patients forget.


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I think the reality of medical institutions are that there is a general pretense that is expected to be upheld on both the part of the doctor, and of the patient. Unfortunately, there begins the divide. I actually have seen a doctor cry. I have hugged my doctors many times , but most just want no part of that. I want to see us ALL be expressive. This change to the injunction against crying is most highly important to creating a culture that honors and supports healthy doctors and doctoring!!! I have many unfortunately. I had a Dr who showed me such compassion in his office one day, just by putting his hand on my shoulder when I was crying.

He moved away but we still keep in touch. They should be supported always and allowed to be human like the patients they serve. Everyone would reap the benefits.

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These huge teaching hospitals should teach doctors that it is okay to cry. Grieving rooms for staff are needed in every hospital. Teaching hospitals? You think it is alright to use the patient, already suffering, in pain, confused about what is happening to them, to act as a teaching tool? If you really believe that then you deserve everything you get. Your sympathy lies strictly with your peers. If I still believed in god I would ask him to forgive you, but there is no god there are only people pretending to be gods.

We entered medicine as idealistic humanitarians just wanting to help people.

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We never signed up to be abused or to abuse others. This is a cycle of abuse and needs to be discussed openly. Victims become victimizers and the cycle continues otherwise. August 30, My son-in-law was accidentally shot in the side with a 22 rifle. The bullet ricocheted around his abdomen ripping everything to shreds.

At the time we were in a podunk town of only 12, At the hospital two doctors and four nurses tried operating for 8 hours to save this 22 year olds life, as we sat in the waiting room getting up dates every hour. When the 8 hours was up, the head ER nurse came out and said they were life lighting him to our town 15 minutes away by helicopter, but that he probably would not make it, he had lost to much blood because of the bullet shredding his insides he had bleed out.

When life lite got there we all were there to say something to him as he was wheeled out. When we turned to go to our cars to race to our town, both doctors and the four nurses were there crying just like we were. They said they wished they could have done more and that they all would be praying for him and us. An hour later I had to take my son-in-law off of life support.