Why Doctors Need Two Left Shoes

legs1After 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’!


2 thoughts on “Why Doctors Need Two Left Shoes

  1. This was a pretty good post and very true. Living with lupus and having family, friends and doctors understand what it feels like to always be in pain and uncertainty is a pain. Though, every single, as I live with Lupus; I am learning to beat the uncertainty by taking one day at a time.

    When it comes to the pain, it is very nerve wrecking when someone says, “Well.. What’s wrong now?” Or ,”Are you sure you’ll be alright?” When you’ve gone through so much mentally, physically and spiritually with this fight.

    I’ve only had lupus for 1 year. August 2016 will be my 2 year fight. I am not creating a personal relationship with the disease but know it all too well when it comes to peers and family not quite understanding.

    This is going to be an interesting journey. Best of blessings!

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