=To All Doctors, Everywhere

To you, we are room numbers, symptoms, diagnoses, charts. We're a groupof scientific names that describe why we have unwillingly entered your lives. We are an inconvenient page at two in the morning, a nosebleed on your clean lab coat, a procedure scheduled in for surgery tomorrow morning. Sometimes  we interrupt you in your leisure time, and sometimes we mean that youspend less time with your kids.

To you, we are work. Your job. To us, we are so much more. 

We have names of our own. Our own loves, and fears, and hopes and dreams and personal tragedies. We are someone's daughter, someone's son and grandchild and cousin and sibling. But because of circumstances out of our control, we put our lives in your hands. 

Please, never lose sight of the faith and trust we put in you. And, as we try to humanize our inhuman situations, please help us. We're not very good at this yet, we're still  learning. Sometimes we're cowards. Sometimes, we 're brave. Sometimes, we throw tantrums and sometimes, you may see us cry. 

We are giving you a great  gift - we trust you with our lives. And, in return, we are hoping and praying that you'll be able to give us the greatest gift of all - our lives back. We thank you for that. 

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004