First of all, thank you so much to those of you who reached out to me during my sadness last week. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers more than you know. Husband and I are so beyond blessed to have friends like you!
So, on to my reason for posting:
Earlier this week, I went to my doctor’s office for a followup. I brought them a plate of chocolate chip cookies because (1) it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I wanted an excuse to put pink M&Ms in something, and (2) I was so grateful for the care given to me and just how NICE everyone has been, from the front desk people to the nurses, techs, and doctors.
Delicious, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies with dark chocolate M&Ms stuck on top. Recipe here if you would like to bake some too 🙂
It struck me how such a small gesture surprised them so much. The nurse came in and gave me a huge hug (as my vitals were being taken, haha). My doctor thanked me profusely and said, “All of the staff are just so excited because all we ever hear are complaints.”
Does anyone else think that this is just sad??
Yes, this is our job as physicians, it’s what we signed up for, and most of us did not choose this field because we want people to fall over in gratitude all the time. But as with any line of work, a little bit of appreciation goes along way. During residency, being thanked by a patient or family member would change the whole tone of my day. I found that I could look beyond the exhaustion, cynicism, stress, and crazy busyness and just feel happy and thankful to be doing what I was doing.
So, consider taking the time to thank your doctor (or PA, NP, therapist, etc.) the next time you go in for a visit. Write a note or bake some brownies or whatever. As you show your appreciation, you may help turn a discouraging, frustrating, or overwhelming day into a good one 🙂