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  •  Medicine is hard. Even the routine situations for (4+ / 0-)

    you are one of a kind for the patient and family.
    You are to be admired for your caring and for not burning out.

    When I read an obituary on one of my patients even when they are old, it hits me in my gut that I will never see them again.

    •  Yep. Gallows humor in medicine: (4+ / 0-)
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      Checking the obits before the sports pages so you don't say anything awkward in the office out of ignorance.

      I actually had a great conversation with a patient I've known for 25 years on Friday morning; I reminisced about her husband who had died in a motorcycle crash 10 years back, mostly about the wicked sense of humor he had and how I missed him, like many of my patients who have passed on.

      As I'm getting older I spend more time thinking about all the patients who are gone. Not in a morbid way exactly; just gives me a bit more accurate perspective on the little stuff.

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