Monday, August 3, 2015
On The Internet
My favorite is the widowed war hero. His unrequited love for his deceased spouse pervades most visits. He writes poetry and can carry a note to operatic proportions. He is kind and humble. He lives lost in a world of dreams and sweet memories. He is both jovial and melancholy at the same time.
I have known many of these. Taken care of them. Watched them die. They do so with a grace and determination which is nothing less than dignified. They take their last breaths with a certainty and peace that I can't help but admire. Maybe they know that they are one last gasp away from their lover's arms.
And I often contemplate whether they are right.
Perhaps we physicians also have our archetypes. The arrogant and the too busy to be bothered. The hand-holder. The incompetent and the God-complex. The automaton.
Then there's me. I have seen myself in almost every archetype, good and bad. And as with our patients, these are poor constructs. Because even though our most glaring attributes fit well into cubby holes, the reality is that human beings are so much more sloppy.
Maybe a bit introspective.
The kind of guy who writes about being a doctor to no one in particular.
On the Internet.
Posted by Jordan Grumet at 6:33 PM