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!