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Topic: Doctor/Nurse (11/02/06)
- TITLE: Why A Doctor?
By Lorene Weaver
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He thought he was going to be someone special. He endured years of schooling and hours of study and practice to grab that treasured ring. He had it all planned out. In five years this, in ten years this, etc.
Marriage, one child, moving, another child, building his office in a converted garage, working as a PCP and then as a hospitalist, another child born - that wasn’t in his plan. He has an ideal set out before him. He has the excitement and definitely the talent.
He enjoys the hours spent with patients, his own patients, those people who come to him looking for help from another style of medicine. He is practicing traditional osteopathy and cranial osteopathy and having great success and pleasure. His somewhat unique sense of humor makes the time go quickly, his kindness and gentleness - though he might not admit it - attracts people who suffer from chronic pain as well as those who are in severe pain. He jokes about enjoying handing out pain to heal pain. It often happened that way - the healings came a day or two later.
Things appeared to be going well and then the appointment days become fewer and further in between, calls remain unanswered, people feel discouraged and leave unwillingly. His job as a hospitalist sucks. He wants out. He doesn’t know how. He has a wife who wants more money and more of his time to help with the three children.
If he had known his life would be as it is, he would not have gone into medicine. Isn’t it good that we can’t foresee how our lives will be years down the road? God has a plan for him.
It’s a plan for good and not for evil, a plan to give him a hope and a future. He doesn’t believe that right now. He’s discouraged. The insurance companies won’t pay him for his specialty as he needs to be paid, at least in his opinion. They’ll pay part but not for all he does. Up to this point he has had only cash patients which limits the number of people who can come to see him.
He and his wife seem to not have the same vision. A real bummer. It’s hard to go to a job every day that you hate and see no way out. He’s closing in on forty. He figured his practice would be full time by now. Depression? I suspect. Discouragement? Big time. Where are the patients he so desperately wants to work on? Has he lost all of them? Where is the time to go to learn more about his skills? How will he get paid for what he really wants to do? Everything looks bleak. Hopeless.
Not a pretty picture, but it is truth. What is the solution? I suspect he will move where the pay is better and he can practice what he loves. I don’t blame him, but as his patient I am ever so sad. Sad that he won’t consider other alternatives. He’s a Board Certified PCP and he could begin his practice that way and work it to what he really wants it to be. But no, he doesn’t want anything but a nine to five job. He has a nine to five job and hates it! He doesn’t want to be on call. He doesn’t want to write prescriptions all day.
He wants, but he doesn’t want what may have to go with it. He almost acts like a little spoiled kid. If I can’t have it my way, I don’t know how to deal with it. He needs prayer and I do pray for him. He has healed the right and left pathways to my optic nerve of demyelinization - he and God. It was a very special evening. God’s presence was evident to me as I drove up to his office. There was a degree of light around the house I had never seen before. I forgot about it until after my treatment when he mentioned about a sense of energy being above me. That same night the electric shocks in my hands stopped and have not returned. My visual disturbances have not come back. All glory to Jesus!
Being a doctor isn’t always the glamorous life others think it is. This man has a call on his life. My prayer is that he will allow God to direct his path.
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