Letter to medics

2017-11-09 06:01

I WANT to let you people know that most of us don’t possess a wealth of knowledge in the medical field that you have, which is why we turn to you in cases of emergency.

We look up to you as our saving grace to help and save our ill moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends and extended family the best you can. If we could, maybe we would attempt this by ourselves, but we can’t, which is why we come to you.

Please understand that we are bringing you patients that we love and care for, if we didn’t feel this way, we surely wouldn’t be there with them.

Respect that relationship. Have some compassion.

I’m aware that you go through hundreds of sick patients and deaths in a day and you’re so used to it, but please understand, we’re not. We come to you with hope. Please don’t take away whatever little faith we’re holding onto by giving us grief with your bad attitude.

You’re supposed to be passionate about what you do. It’s not just a job, you’re saving lives of the people we love and helping them overcome their illness which is a wonderful thing indeed.

Take into consideration the status of our country’s economy, as medics, you know first-hand how exorbitant the price of medical aids and health-care treatment is. You also know how inefficient most public hospitals are, which is why many of us make great sacrifices to cough up the money and ensure we have contributed towards a medical insurance fund every month.

We know that you have protocols to follow, and we respect that, but all I ask is, have a little compassion, be more professional and take things into consideration.

We realise you may not want to deal with our problems, but you are the only ones we can turn to when hope seems to be fading.

I think it’s important you fix your attitudes and understand that we are grieving when we come to you.

All we seek is your help and understanding. Please bear with us and attempt handling situations in a sympathetic manner rather than being rude or boastful, in the sense that you use your authority to belittle us.

At the end of the day, we’re just ordinary people, hoping that people of your calibre can take us closer to receiving what we will call “our miracle”.

SELINA CHETTY

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