As we all agree, we are a part of the big remote world .We as humans gave it its identity and there was a big explosion of advancement of technology and now it is giving the real world a tough competition .
Our comfort level is great in our remote world .Anonymity and the choice of interaction is ours .There is no compulsion of any kind .
But where is all this leading to ?
Drones are becoming your preferred mode of combat .Robotics are your preferred mode of surgery . Siri could be your best friend . Telemedicine would soon be the future of medicine and future cars would be all sans driver .We are working real hard to make Virtual world a big success .
We are yet to make a connection with the alien world as I was told that they have a higher IQ and they are not very interested in this alliance as it would not benefit them a lot .
We are moving towards a time where there would be minimal human interaction and our children would inherit a world where Homo Sapiens would be most redundant .We are racing towards our own Nemesis .
Transitions are always bitter sweet and never seamless .Currently the country is preparing for a national transition at the Presidential level .We all are closely following the journey and rooting for one or the other candidates .
With transition , we are hoping a change for better . First lady , who is an excellent orator ,urged the people to change their views about the other “America “, which is very much a part of the” Big America” , on the other hand , GOP’s too envision an America , which should be very different from the present America .
There is a constant parallel play and never the twain seem to meet .
America was conceived with very distinct values and ideologies and as long as they are upheld , the country would continue to progress in its path of excellence and beyond .
As we currently witness transitions all over the world , at some places with greatest upheaval and with most unfortunate results ,we pray that the present Presidential transition should be democratic and peaceful .
We could be hacked or rigged , swayed by populism or troubled by our emails but at the end of the day , we vision an America where people together are ready to walk the peaceful middle path to transition .
The present election campaign of GOP took an unimaginable twist and it seems to be descending its free fall .No amount of experience , qualifications or logic could make it happen in the past , to the dismay of democrats . But when the courageous women shared their experiences with a certain powerful person , without caring about consequences , it touched the right chord .
All of us, as women, in our life time have experienced these unfortunate incidents in various severity .Sometimes it could be a family member, sometimes a stranger on the street , sometimes a fellow traveler and surprisingly sometimes a patient walking into the doctor’s office and defying all forms of decency
Hardest part is the aftermath when you want somebody to believe you , to empathize with you and agree with you that at least you deserve some form of justice delivered .
Enablers are a huge obstacle in the above mentioned process .The fellow travelers in the plane who choose to ignore such incidents ,the people who think that women are supposed to take these things in stride and are just minor aberrations of day to day routine or even your female bosses when you want to discharge such erring patients .
People who do not vote , are they some form of enablers too ?
Most of the physicians in their later part of careers have been known to take sabbaticals . It prevents an early burn out and also helps them to extend their working years .One is supposed to come back rejuvenated to face the future challenges . One can spend their sabbatical in various ways ;Most commonly one does a mission trip or a teaching assignment in another country ;You can do exotic holidays or learn new skills or some times just introspect about your life choices .
Its presumed sabbaticals are intentional and not forced .
But what happens when its a forced sabbatical ?
Like a job termination ,medical issue or a family necessity . Does picking up the thread is as easy even if financially you are not burnt .Are you emotionally stable and strong ?Do you have the same amount of enthusiasm ?Are you ready to fail one more time?
As we near the final election days in the US , Presidency for Trump is getting bleaker .One wonders , why these revelations are coming to the fore front now when there is no way to undo whatever has been done . There were many accomplished , experienced and educated candidates who started the race with him but had to drop out . Would they treat it as forced sabbatical and pick up the threads again ?Would luck and milieu be on their side the next time ?Only time will tell
Doc , I have a shoulder surgery tomorrow .Can you clear me ? Doc , my son has a dental procedure tomorrow . Can you clear him?Doc, my son had a concussion on his head couple of days back .I hope he can resume his practice tomorrow
These are very common scenarios in a primary care office . These appear to be very simple issues and when patients are explained that it is not just a matter of filling forms , they are confounded
But the responsibility of a primary care physician or for that matter any physician , who is giving any kind of clearance, is immense.
Because each life matters
Specially if you are clearing someone for any kind of transport industry
Last week , we saw a major train accident in Hoboken , where a bystander lost her life and hundreds were injured .The driver was very experienced and had been on the job for quite some time . At this point , medical emergency cannot be ruled out .
Health is of utmost importance for every body and when on your well being depends the life of thousands of people .the importance cannot be understated