Leave It There

David C

I’m a physician that often bridges very dif­fer­ent worlds. Voca­tion­ally, my foci are in inter­nal med­i­cine and pedi­atrics. Geo­graph­i­cally, I grew up in the sub­urbs but now live in the inner city. Eth­ni­cally, I’m Asian and Amer­i­can. Socially, I’m an intro­vert that enjoys pub­lic speak­ing (mainly as a plat­form for ideals). Polit­i­cally, I lean center-left but with largely fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­t­ian moral­ity. Aca­d­e­m­i­cally, I’ve stud­ied engi­neer­ing, med­i­cine, and health pol­icy. Faith-wise, I am decid­edly Christian.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ah, so this is part of the reason for not wanting to be in the hospital huh? When I first did rotations in family practice, I remembered thinking I could be part of the prevention, to keep people OUT of the hospital. If only they would listen, but then I learned people are stubborn. The things that get them sickest are usually the habits they refuse to give up.

    Your description of the woman in the waiting room at the end of the entry reminds me of an encounter I had with this patient. He had a TBI and so he was always slightly confused and making random offensive remarks. I went in to help him with his urinal right before change of shift. I was pretty happy to be able to leave the unit on time and right when I said goodnight to him and started to leave, he said “Yeah you just go and leave. You’re lucky. It’s a crazy house here, you just be glad you don’t have to stay here like us.” Totally caught me by surprise b/c it was the most lucid thing he’d ever said to us.

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