Moments like this have a way of waking us up from our daily routine. The daily hustle we all perform everyday can make our mind numb. We just start going through the actions. As Americans, we have a hard time learning to live in the moment. Have you checked to see if you are fizzlin’ or sizzlin’ recently?
As I wash my hands right after I hang up the phone, the overhead call rang out: “Attention. Your attention, please. A Level 1 trauma code has been activated in the adult emergency department.” It was a gun shot wound to the right chest. I rinse my hands off, and head down to the ED… just another night in A Doctor’s Life. Ready. Rinse. Repeat.
As health care providers, we often feel like we have it all figured out. Yet, we get stuck in the rut and routine of our daily lives. Instead, we miss the present. The Dalai Lama is here to teach us what we are missing in three lessons from the Dalai Lama for the doctor and other health care workers.
Early on in the life of this website, I have posted about mental illness. Why? Because it is an important, not-discussed-enough, and poorly solved problem that has profound impacts in and out of medicine. Yet, despite my desire to make this a more publicly discussed topic, I was recently seen as making a mental health stigma of someone in my life.