Empathy

9:13 AM

A few weeks back, I read a Facebook post about how a houseman (HO) talked a patient out of depression. I can't verify the authenticity of the post but it is inspirational. The whole post is rather long and in Bahasa Malaysia. Click on the link to read the post (but please don't click on MyMetro).


I tried translating it into English but it doesn't sound as nice. It doesn't do justice to the original author. If you can understand Bahasa Malaysia, do read the whole post.


Its been a few years since I last worked in a ward setting. As a houseman it can be really stressful...during those on call days at least (not sure how it is now). It was the norm for one houseman to be in charge of one or two wards during on call period. The workload can be tremendous and at the end of the on call period, a houseman can become a houseZOMBIE!

Once in a while though, a houseman can really become a houseHUMAN as shown by this author. As a doctor, nothing feels better than seeing a patient overcome their disease and get on with their lives. It is an indescribable feeling. It takes some extra effort to sit down with a patient to explore their problems but the reward can be extraordinary. An ordinary doctor who just works for the sake of money would have just left the patient alone. Most would just label him as a PROBLEMATIC patient without actually understanding what his problems were. Losing a child can break a father apart. It is hard for anyone to stomach. Without the effort of the author, the patient might have lost all hope to live and not survived at all. Although difficult to explain by science, I strongly believe that a person's mindset and will to live can drastically change the outcome of a disease.

During my medical school days, my lecturers always emphasized on EMPATHY; putting yourself in other people's shoes. This particular story puts empathy into perspective. What empathy can do to a patient is far more powerful than any medication. Its what makes doctors HUMAN.

To all my colleagues out there, let's take some time to reflect on ourselves. Have we been doing things for the patients benefit or have we been melepaskan batuk di tangga saja?

Ramadhan Mubarak dan Selamat Berpuasa.

MOfrust

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1 comments

  1. Sedih cerita ni. Saya pun ada satu cerita nak kongsi. Harini 8 Mei 2016, cikgu saya meninggal sbb leukimia. Dia tak ada isteri(tak kahwin), tinggal dengan adik dua orang. Adik2 dia ada family, tapi tinggal kat rumah cikgu saya ni. Cikgu saya ni sgt baik, humble, tak pernah racist and always give his best to serve everyone else. Tapi nasib dia kurang baik sbb adk bradik dia selalu gunakan dia, yelah sbb dia kategori banyak duit la sbb single even umur dkt 60 tahun. Sakitnya dah semakin baik, tapi lepas chemotheraphy yg terakhir dia tiba2 tak sedar. Lepas dah sedar, dia start cakap merapu2 but still kenal orang sekeliling(tanda2 org nak mati). Dua tiga hari sebelum harini, doktor cakap kt family dia yang dia dah xada harapan. And his family leave him alone at the hospital. Datang pun skali sehari, tengok and terus balik. So makan minum mandi, everything mmg pihak hospital yg urusukan. Tapi, mungkin ada something yang Allah nak tunjuk, nak kita jadikan pengajaran, katil sebelah cikgu sy ni kawan dia jugak. Isteri kawan dia tolong buatkan susu, suapkan makan, buatkan benda2 simple tu untuk kurangkan kesedihan dia. Doktor dengan nurses jaga dia dengan sangat baik, mungkin terkesan juga, dah nak smpai waktu pun tak ada keluarga temankan. Sedih..
    - Saya doakan Mr C dapat hidayah Allah. Kami smua mungkin tak tahu, dalam masa yang terakhir, Mr C sempat mengucap, membaca dan menghayati terjemahan yg kami bekalkan. Sesungguhnya hidayah itu milik Allah, dan tidak ada apa pun yang mustahil bagiNya..

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