... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Dear Doctor

This week, the 7-14 of February is national CHD Week. I am clearly passionate about this subject, as it has affected me so personally. Excellent medical care is paramount so that these heart warriors can live vital and healthy lives.

So this message is to the doctors who have the privilege of caring for these babies:

Dear Doctor,

remember that words matter. Don’t expect your patients to know what you’re talking about just because you do. Especially in white knuckle medical situations, we patients tend to think that doctors are the closest thing on earth that we have to God. So be as patient as you can. Look for the soothing syrup and offer it up–even a drop will help. You can’t imagine how this affects the psyche. Your bedside manner could encourage someone to continue the fight and this could make a tremendous difference–it could in fact be life-saving.

Communication between you and your patient is vital. I cannot stress this enough. I gave birth to my son in Germany, and as an American having just moved to the country only months before, I really had to pull up my mental munitions to deal with not only the language barrier, but also a different mentality as well as the whole ‘medicalness’ of my son being born with only half of his heart. Listening to your patients is the starting point of great care. Be kind. It doesn’t cost anything and it will always be remembered.

Encourage and support your patients on their journey towards health, the bottom line is that we all have the same goal and that is to save, preserve and protect life.

Give your patients the essential element of the doctor-patient relationship: the knowledge that they can fully depend on and trust you. Be on the same team and remember that power doesn’t always think the thing through–if you don’t have the answer, be human enough to allow someone else to step in who will.

Be conscientious, competent, and compassionate in everything you do. Don’t ever underestimate the impact you can make in the fascinating world of science and medicine, whether it is on the level of an individual patient and their families or on a large public health scale.

And finally, carry this standard from the Hippocratic oath always with you:

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

Support us. Help us. Strive to be remarkable because remarkable is where miracles happen! They really do!

Here’s to Life!


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