After years of serious and thoughtful observation (e.g. doctor visits, hospital stays, and conversations with other patients), I have come to a conclusion. I believe the medical profession (especially doctors) need to wear two left shoes at work for one day.
Why, you might you ask? Well, I’ll tell you my theory…
Living with a chronic illness, we usually go through symptoms that healthy people never usually experience. Because of this, we sort of wish (all) healthy people were able to understand what it’s like to be sick 24/7/365 (including leap year–we don’t get that day off either).
We would never ever wish our pain on another person though–we know too well what it’s like to hurt all the time; to be constantly sick… we wouldn’t wish any of this on our worst enemy.
Empathy is a wonderful thing… to be able to “understand” what we’re going through, you can appreciate better what our pain can be like… even if you can’t see, feel or live it yourself (Thank goodness).
That’s why I figure that if people in the medical profession wore two left shoes for just one day, they will quickly be shown what it’s like to live (and work) in pain… and consider their patient’s pain and symptom/complaints more thoughtfully in the future.
If they ever need an extra reminder, they can wear two left shoes–with a tiny pebble added–for a refresher course! What a lesson that would be… Ouch!
It should be a simple, yet effective experiment/reminder… don’t you think?
Wouldn’t it be great to suddenly start seeing people in the medical profession wearing two left shoes?
I mean, I’m just sayin’!