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The entire night I have been thinking about a lot of things and weighing decisions about life, work, social responsibility, medical accountability, patients, family, and others. My mind is juggling all that, and it seems that I can't even write anything other than this.
So, let me write my thoughts here in a wee bit.
Being in the medical field and health practice, sometimes I can't avoid asking myself what would I do if this patient won't recover under my care? What could've done? What should be done? What if? Why not? Sometimes, people expect this and that, but honestly, we’re all human and life isn't always certain in our hands.
This morning, I received a referral of a case that I really dislike handling because I know prognosis isn’t favorable for this case, but no matter how I dislike, I can’t say NO, as a Physical Therapist I should do the best of my ability for this patient to improve and hopefully recover, but at the back of my mind, with the experience I had, it is hard.
Again, I am at this point of how I could trust myself, my skills, and my capability about my work. Whenever I am faced with this kind of situation I am torn between my mind and my heart- my mind would give me doubts, but my heart would give me hope.
Indeed, we have experience and knowledge about things, especially in science, there is evidence based practice. However, we can never box some things. Unexpected things can happen, miracles too. As they say, prayers can move mountains!
Okay. I believe in these things, but NO.
Unfortunately, some people in the medical field would misinterpret these things as false hope. Indeed, it can uplift our spirits, but the truth is there is no evidence that it can give cure. So, no.
Another thing that bothers me is money. We all know that Physical Therapy services here in the Philippines are expensive, and only a few insurance companies would cover its fees, and not all government facilities can make this accessible to the masses, the poor would desperately spend a fortune to avail it. It’s irritating to think that financial burden is exasperating a patient who is already suffering with a medical condition that has an uncertain recovery. Sigh. How can we find balance in all these things?!
I don’t know, but actually there is nothing certain under the heavens.
Anyway, we can only do our best and let God decide what should be the outcome.
As for me, let's do it!
Lastly, I love this verse that comforts me, it might give you the same confidence too;
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3: 5-6
Thanks for reading guys and good night/ day to all!