So, as happens to many of us in medicine, unfortunately I have a close family member who was recently diagnosed with a rapidly progressive disease. To say that I am not coping well is an understatement. Emotions aside, I find myself being impatient with how long scans take to be read. I get frustrated that there are no standing orders. I read too far into care team interactions. And when I can’t sleep, which has be pretty much 1/52, I’m reading up on recruiting clinical trials and figuring who to contact in the morning to see what the next steps are.
Clearly, I’m misrepresenting myself. I’m probably seen as an (hopefully at least polite) annoying, unstable ass. And worst of all, it is affecting my own work and I’m consequently not spending my time with my family or family member who is sick.
What I’d like to know, from those of you who have been through this or have wisdom is: how do you separate yourself from being a doctor to support your family?
I have insight that medicine no longer has a major role to play with the present situation and that love and support are more important, but damn, it is hard to not be a doctor.
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