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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Doctor/Nurse (11/02/06)

TITLE: Doctorology 101
By Tessie O'Ryan


Doctorology 101

Yes, there is such a word “Doctorology” , in my book it is the study of doctors and the truth behind their ability to heal or to cause pain. If you or a loved one should ever have necessity to come in contact with a doctor of any kind, than I would recommend a course such as Doctorology 101.

Please make certain that your instructor is also qualified. Having experienced at least one week as the patient in a “teaching hospital” or losing a loved one through a long illness is a good measure.

*Syllabus may look like this:
Lesson 1 - Is the doctor a believer?
Lesson 2- If you are a leper will the doctor still hold your hand or stroke your brow to comfort you without gloves? Fearless?
Lesson 3- Does the doctor practice Natural Family Planning with his/her spouse? Is the doctor really “open to life”?
Lesson 4- If the doctor reads the high-tech ultrasound, announcing your unborn “baby”, not “embryo” or “fetus” is less than perfect, will he/she still congratulate you with hope and tenderness or have you hanging black crepe in the nursery.
Lesson 5- If your aging parent is getting more than forgetful, will the doctor provide you with a list of support groups and resources, or write an order for admission to the nearest or better yet, furthest nursing home?
Lesson 6- Have you seen the doctor in the hospital chapel? (Not just to comfort a family during loss, but to restore his own soul with living water.)
Lesson 7- Does the doctor have strength enough to weep?

*Second semester will cover how to interview a prospective “doctor” before choosing to put yourself or loved ones at greater risk.

I hope you will consider the importance of this life matter. But for the grace of God, if you never fall ill or have a loved one who should suffer, You have been born and your flesh will perish, and for these two absolute events, you will meet a doctor of kind. Let it be a Doctor of Life. Let it be the Doctor whose hands have been anointed to Heal. Let it be the Doctor who will choose Christ as his source of Refreshment, his source of Wisdom, his source of Love.

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Cherry Bieber11/11/06
Kinda shortens the list of prospectives, doesn't it? There certainly is much to consider when placing your life or the life of a Loved one in a doctor's care. The most important action you mentioned was placing ourselves in THE DOCTOR'S care. Thanks for the reminder!
Donna Emery11/12/06
This is the one that I like:
"Lesson 7- Does the doctor have strength enough to weep?"

The best doctors have empathy and give a listening ear to their patients. Very interesting point of view and well worth sharing. Good job.
Paul Etterling11/13/06
Lessons 4 and 7 are well understood. Almost three years ago our second child was diagnosed with anencephaly during an ultra sound. Our original doctor was pushing us to abort. By the grace of God we found a doctor who was compassionate toward us and wept with us when he discovered that our baby would share his name. Great job. Great reminder!
Julianne Jones11/17/06
I enjoyed the thoughts in this. I used to have a Christian doctor before we moved - I loved how he would pray with us. A great little piece. Jules