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The look of a doctor


Authors note:  This entry won me a Flipkart voucher for the P.A.U.S. contest.

When I lay down to rest at night, I carry with me not just the grime and exhaustion of a long day but the images of all that I witnessed in the operation theater. The pain, blood, broken bones and tears of patients and their loved ones. I wear their sorrows beneath my mask and hide it there the whole day through.
But the mask must come off and it does. And the suffering I have seen shows upon my face... the weariness I feel within.

And he yearns for peace
 as he closes his eyes every night.

But I carry on. For I cannot be selfish. I cannot think of myself alone. There are patients all around who need me. And they deserve more... they deserve better than a tired doctor with a grizzled stubble upon his features. They need someone they can respect; someone to hold their hand and let them know they are safe once again. And that someone has to look the part too. He must be the one who brings hope back to the sleep-deprived eyes who suffer around him.
He has to be dapper, he has to be clean shaven and his smile should evoke confidence.

He must arise every morning 
once more a beacon of hope.


This post is a part of the Protest Against Smelly Stubble Activity in association with BlogAdda.

20 comments:

  1. I have to agree that a Doctor's job is one of the toughest. It's not easy dealing with the pain, blood, sorrow and emotions of patients day in and day out. I think words are not enough to express the amount of strength both physically and mentally Doctor's possess. Hats off to them ! Loved the pics that go so well with the post :)

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    1. Thanks Diana... i think its the mental agony which gets to docs more than any physical stress.

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  2. I can't imagine all that a doctor must deal with in the everyday. A doctor has to love people and possess a gift to help others with compassion and skill to do the job well. ♥

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    1. It is a tightrope.. a factor which I still feel is key is knowing to dissociate personal feelings as well or else it can break your heart when you watch someone suffer or pass away.

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  3. such a tough job!! And compassion is so important.
    Both pics go well and show what a wonderful doctor and person you are! :)

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    1. Thanks Pixie :D I accept compliments, chocolates and ferraris :D

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  4. Roshan, I've been on hospital bed six times. 3 times in the OT. And trust me, when I say that you guys are indeed God. If not, you are his representatives on earth. The look and attitude of the doctor matters a lot. I'm being treated by a lady doctor who's going to be 70 next year. But it was her smile, her warmth, her confidence that made reach where I'm today. It'll not be wrong if I say, we owe my life to her now. I'm well aware that if something goes wrong, we blame you, even if it wasn't your fault. But trust me the few minutes when the doc comes for a round are thd only hope that a patient has. You must look your best to pass on smile and the willingness to get well soon.

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    1. thanks Rekha.. thats truly means a lot. Of recent years, docs in India have been getting more and more frustrated and I get it frankly... its nice to hear the odd 'thank you' and tones of gratitude at the end of a tiring day, instead of hurtful comments.

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  5. Superb, Doctor sahab. Not just the take on stubble, but the "For I cannot be selfish. I cannot think of myself alone'. Wonderful!

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  6. So true, Roshan. We have so many expectations from doctors, don't we? But seriously, the clean look suits you better! :)

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    1. I really dont know how a generation of doctors above me handled it all so capably... i struggle to get through some days and just wanna curl up in bed by 7!

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  7. Must be tough Roshan to go through this day after day. But it must also be exceedingly satisfying.

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    1. there are days when it gets really hard to just make it to the end but then there are definitely days after a tough case goes well when we walk out with a huge grin on our faces and a happy swing in our step too.

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  8. Such a lovely post, drums at the heart strings.
    I've taken the liberty to tag you on my current PASS post (link below). Do drop in a comment if you happen to acknowledge it in your forthcoming post. Thanks.

    http://icynosure.blogspot.in/2013/12/care-for-some-coffee.html

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  9. very enjoyable.. autobiographical evidence :) ATB
    http://crispingcanary.blogspot.com/2013/12/i-want-to-spark-change.html

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  10. Most doctors I've met have been impeccably clean. I'm so glad that you guys always think of the patients first. Kudos!
    I like the personal touch to the entry... best of luck!

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    1. Thanks Nisha... lets see if I can win atleast one :D

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