March 30th, is doctor's day... but what does that really mean?
I have been a doctor now since 2000, and an emergency medicine doctor since 2003. Every year March 30th comes around it just feels 'the same'. Just another silly celebration? To call a day Doctor's day...what does that really mean? Sometimes a nice lunch at work, a gift from the hospital staff, an e-mail or post from a friend or family saying 'Happy D-day'. Honestly it has never felt special to me, until today.
No...I did not get a special lunch, or gift bag from the hospital, or many if any 'atta-boys' from friends or family. Yet over the last week or so I have seen so much support from patients and lay people, strangers who are thanking me for 'all you do'. I do not feel worthy of that praise, but I do feel honored. I have felt proud to be a healthcare professional like never in my life. To know that I come to work ready to help those who are being sickened by this 'coronavirus' and that in the process I am exposing myself to a potentially deadly virus like I have never encountered before in my professional life. I have made peace with the fact that at some point I too will be ill from this illness, my hope that it will be minor or something that I can recover from. But in the chance that it is not, it makes me proud to hold the title of physician during this pandemic. It makes me proud to come to work alongside NPs, PAs, nurses, respiratory professionals, techs, paramedics, and even our custodial staff (yeah...they also risk their health to guarantee you have a clean room to come into when you needs our services).
So today is so much more than Doctor's day...it is Healthcare professional's day. We are all in this together, we will take some casualties, but we shall overcome!
God Bless you all!
This review is targeted for medical professionals in need of PPE (personal protective equipment), if you are in the general public you DO NOT need this mask.
Here is the full video of the drainage of this finger infection on my son (Antonio).
An oldie but a goodie...this is one of my very first videos that went 'viral'.
It is a short procedure showing how to reduce a dislocated finger.
This patient had a swollen area in his back for years. Recently it became red and sore and that is why he presented to the ER. In this video you will see the procedure to drain this infection from the back.
Patient presented to the ER with a very large infection of the left arm, around the area near the elbow. This had been progressing over a week before I saw him, and he had already been treated with oral antibiotics because, when evaluated at a different ER the area was "not ready to be drained".