Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Medical Utopia

In my Utopia. 

Add Doctor: "Tell me about your life. How are you doing?" Puts prescription pad away and engages in deep, empathic listening. 

Oh, and yes, in my utopia, the doctor also meditates twice a day, avoids processed foods, eats organic, spends more time in nature, and doesn't watch TV.  In addition to that, this same doctor is comfortable approaching the suffering of another, is aware of his or her own emotional reactions to death and grief, and is willing to take the time to just sit with an open heart and listen.

What are the chances that if the medical system operated this way, we'd save lives, hearts, money, and time?


Robin Gaphni said...

So very true, Joanne. Thanks for the reminder!

Mary said...

In the 5+ years of Bill's Dx and Rx we had ONE MD who dealt with the anxiety Bill was struggling with due to dementia et al. This kind man,a skilled internist at Mayo Rochester taught Bill how to do Mindfulness, demonstrated it for him, led him through some breathing exercises, sent him home with a CD for visualization, talked to us about ways to calm, and demonstrated some yoga positions for us. He also called us 3-4 times a week for a long time to see how Bill was doing. No SSRI tests which were futile by then...I shall never ever forget him. THAT was an MD.


The soul still sings in the darkness telling of the beauty she found there; and daring us not to think that because she passed through such tortures of anguish, doubt, dread, and horror, as has been said, she ran any the more danger of being lost in the night. Nay, in the darkness did she, rather, find herself.

--St. John, Dark Night of the Soul

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