The HOLIDAY HAPPINESS MARATHON Continues!!!!!
Welcome & Thank You To All My Guest Bloggers--Doctors, Nurses & Patients whose stories warm our hearts....Here is Another Story From A Doc!
The Moment That Sealed My Conviction For A Career in MedicineDr. Cawthorn-Opalinski, Psychiatry
San Antonio, TX
In my intern year on call, I was seeing a patient on the medicine floor as a consult. It was in August so my anxiety was high as well as my stress level given I was 6 months pregnant.
The patient was admitted for alcohol detox, and suffered chronic liver damage from the years of heavy alcoholism. I spoke with him for about 1 hour including discussion of clinical depression and many loses secondary to alcoholism including employment, marriages, familial relationships (including children), financial independence. Using motivational interviewing I was able to elicit insight and movement from precontemplation to contemplation in the stages of change. Since I saw him on consults, I did not have direct follow up, and I did not know what occurred after our discussion.
A couple of months later, I received word in my resident meeting that the patient had stopped drinking and was able to reconnect with his children which furthered his motivation. He had written a comment card in the patient advocate office about how impressed he was with my bedside manner, and he felt that our discussion changed his life.
I was thankful for the recognition, but more than that thankful that I played a role in helping a family regain a relationship with their father, son, brother... This was 3 years ago, and although I have never seen him again, I think about that interaction and hope for his continued sobriety and healthy relationship with his family.
This was a moment that sealed my conviction for a career in the medical field particularly psychiatry.
Thank you Doc for sharing your story with us!! Readers--lets send a little love back to Dr. C in the comments!! Write away!! :-))
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