An Encouragement by a Family Medicine Physician
March 21, 2020
I’m working the respiratory screening clinic at our critical access hospital/clinic. Personally, this medical crisis has actually acutely resolved my feeling of burnout. I get to be creative, rules are less rigid. More time actually doing medicine and less composing perfect notes and waiting for my patients to be roomed, etc. Feel useful, crucial. No longer viewed by patients so much as a “Walmart” to get what they want/think they need, but rather as a life-line to meet the here-and-now needs. Yes, I’m very tired at the end of each day, but it’s a good tired.
Back to the basics of medicine—refreshing!
Praise the Lord, and put on your PPE!
Of course, everything is a bit on hold right now. So far I’ve only seen an official count of two cases of the coronavirus documented here, and so we’re several weeks behind most of you. The country has had a bit of a different approach to the virus.
According to the New York Times, New York State has roughly 5 percent of coronavirus cases worldwide, and New York City, a disease epicenter, has over 25 percent of all COVID-19 patients in the U.S.
For years and years the media has tended to sensationalize every little thing, which is making it very hard to hear the voices that are sounding a REAL alarm. We doctors don’t tend to be alarmist.