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April Rise & Shine Campaign Winner
Sometimes it is a phone call in the night. A dispatcher giving an address, a vague story, minimal details to my sleepy brain. In minutes, I am driving towards what may be the worst moments in someones life. I don’t know if I will know the victim, or the family. I am going to help tell this person’s story, to write and draw the last day of their life. They call me CSI Floyd.
Yesterday, the early rising was to drive down the mountain to help in the Trauma Course to ER doctors, to Surgeons, to people who will treat the survivors. If I do my job right, and passionately teach how to listen, how to treat the patients with compassion, how to not miss the hidden injuries, maybe we can break this cycle of violence and self destruction that we humans seem to inhabit.
If I just accept the corporate idea that I am a cog in the healthcare machine, and just move people through with minimal care, passing out prescriptions, what does it change the world? If I listen, and take time, and help the patient understand what is happening to them, often, they do not need a pill. It does not rake in the money, so it will never be considered a good business model. The healthcare systems measure “quality” in their own ways. How do we measure compassion?
The next time you encounter a health professional, whether a medical examiner, ER doctor, surgeon, or your “PCP”, I want you to be able to say: “This person cared about me. They touched my heart. I am changed by this experience”. What gets me up in the morning, is that desire to teach a new way, to change the way we think about healthcare, to include passion and caring in everything we do.