It was a warm summer afternoon of August, 1999, at a friend’s house when I was introduced to rheumatoid arthritis. It was a casual and startling encounter. His aunt greeted me at the door to take me to the guest room. She seemed to be in her mid-40’s, had a round face with thin reddish skin, painful looking hand deformities and a slow, limping gait; most strikingly, an aura of pain was visible all around her. I asked my friend, concernedly, why she looked so different. He somberly replied that she had rheumatoid arthritis. He opened to tell me how, despite the available treatment, she was unable to complete her education or have a job because she could not walk in the evenings and had severe pains all night every night since her teenage and that she was never married and was dependent on her parents. For a 15 years old me, it was distressing. This experience exposed me to the reality of human suffering. It’s not just the disease, the pain, there is also a taboo which one must endure. Competition has …show more content…
Hence, I joined the same hospital as a hospitalist, which has been an extraordinary experience and I am glad that I made this decision because exposure to diverse pathology, higher volume and faster pace helped expand boundaries of my responsibilities, solidified my confidence in my skills. I am becoming increasingly comfortable with challenges of time and resource management. It has broadened my vision as an internist because to be a good rheumatologist, it is elementary to be a sound internist. To understand the dynamics of executive aspect of modern medicine and its quality control, I regularly participate in the peer review committee, antibiotic steward ship committee and physician leadership
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Blair describes the frustration of self-medicating and not receiving the support she needed from others who dismissed her pain as "normal". She talks about how she suffered in silence and felt alone. This resonated with me and reminded me of my own struggles with invisible illnesses. Like Blair, I've been told by others that my pain is "all in my head" and it's been a struggle to get the support I need. Blair's story also highlights the stigma that can come with a diagnosis.
Perception and Coping among Women Living with Lupus In a qualitative study done by Baker JA and Wiginton K, a convenience sample of thirty eight women volunteers from a Lupus support group were interviewed and also given questionnaires based on their perception and management of Lupus. The goal of this study was to identify the different representations of Lupus made by women and to evaluate the impact the illness has on their self management. Baker and Wiginton came to the conclusion that the more the women knew and understand Lupus, the more they were able to manage living their lives with Lupus. The role of patient attachment and working alliance on patient adherence, satisfaction, and health-related quality of life in lupus treatment
She had caught a chill after walking out in the cold winter air, and complained of a sore throat as well as aches and pains. "I am not well" she declared, but refused the administrations of her doctors. It was the opinion of her peers that she would have recovered from this illness if she had fought against it, but she did not want to. She was old, she was tired, and she was lonely. Weary of life, she was ready to slip into the world where all those she had loved had gone before her.
After she was diagnosed, the protagonist's was concerned for her family's well being, “Our family had always been respected, and even liked... It still would be, if something could be
Fibromyalgia is a disease causing musculoskeletal pain and other complications. This is a disease not widely talked about, but that affects many people’s daily lives. When faced with fibromyalgia small things that used to seem almost like second nature become tasks that seem nearly impossible. As this disorder begins to grow, thanks to now knowing more about it, it is important to be informed. To understand this disorder taking a closer look at the symptoms, the process of making the diagnosis, causes, and treatment options is crucial.
As a Resident Advisor (RA) I have had nights where I was woken up to help a resident who was vomiting in their bed from a night of heavy drinking. These situations required me to take control of the room and think quickly on my feet. As a physician, these are qualities that are important to make sure that the patients receive the care they need in a timely fashion. While the skills of an RA and the skills of a physician are vastly different I am confident that the skills I will take away from being an RA will allow me to improve my patient’s lives through the care I will provide.
I am certainly privileged to work with and learn from these prominent leaders in healthcare. As a board certified Pathologist Assistant, my new office is in the Surgical Pathology laboratory. It is here that I encounter many different disease processes and provide prognostic information to clinicians. While I never will meet any of the impacted patients, I will literally hold a life-changing moment for them in my hands. Pathologist Assistants are some of the most highly trained health professionals in laboratory medicine.
I was astonished at the woman before me who was able to recount terrible experiences and still remain strong. It was not until I began to cry that I saw any emotional strain in my mother, it was a true testament to her strength. I asked her what her response would be if someone, after hearing her experience, said that it could always be worse. Her exact response was, “You’re right, it can.” At that moment, I felt immense admiration for my mother.
Although this may be my second time participating in the Stollery’s Chronic Pain 101 course I still found myself taking away new information and techniques regarding my chronic pain issues and how to deal with it through my everyday life. I may have struggled to do some and others I found easy and effective but some of which that I learned and found most useful for myself where techniques such as pacing, goal setting and relaxation. Pacing and goal setting I found went hand-in-hand with each other for myself because as I paced myself in activities I set goals determining where I’d like to be at and encouraging myself to meet them. Pacing had always been something I had struggled to do as when I had good days I’d push myself to do more and in repercussion set off pain flairs. This would only serve to be a cycle of pain and relief from each time I pushed myself harder than my body could take.
Why Is Arthritis Worse In Colder Weather Arthritis can influence individuals all the way through the year; however, during the months of winter and wet weather, it becomes harder to deal with the symptoms. Would you feel a storm arriving in your knees during winter? Indeed, the cold and dampness can impact your joints to hurt; so can large numbers of people with arthritis suffers the same. A few doctors believe that these stories of climate causing joint agony are old tales; however, science is going down the wonder. Are You Sensitive To Weather?
The medical field has always interested me; the way our bodies work continues to fascinate me everyday. After taking an anatomy class this year, it has solidified my aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field. When looking for an internship, I was hoping to spend a month exposed to a hospital setting or a doctor's office, and I was very lucky when I found Danvers Family Doctors. Although I am pursuing a degree in nursing at Sacred Heart in the fall, I was able to get insight into a doctor´s daily work schedule. I was fortunate to shadow Dr. Bhattacharya, the physician at Danvers Family Doctors, a small medical practice.
Knowledge, skills, and attitudes are the three core characteristics of a good professional. There are considerable deficits in all three of them, but the knowledge and attitudes I have right now are fairly satisfactory. My skills, however, need improvement the most. SP 124 and SP 158 will be an avenue for the strengthening of those qualities. Two sessions of each subject were allotted for observation in CTS pedia and CTS AA, and it helped us realise which areas are our strong suits, what areas we need to improve on and plan how we are going to eliminate those hindrances to becoming the clinicians we aspire to be.