Be a robot!
That’s basically what doctors are told, taught, and thought to be. Someone would say “but I never heard anyone say that”. Well, I never heard anyone say to a baby “be a baby” either but they remain babies. You treat a baby as a baby they respond like babies, expect more “baby treatments” and the cycle continues.
My back hurts!
Come on you’re a doctor, treat yourself!
If I got a coin for every time I’ve heard this, I’d fill a truck.
‘How are you, Doctor?!’ Is unfortunately not a commonly used combination of words and when used, it’s pretty useless as it’s often used as a form of greeting rather than an actual question of concern. Almost no one cares to ask ‘HOW ARE YOU’, of course, not the patient. They came to get well by you, so do your job! Right?!
Hold on! Listen!
Before I became a doctor, I was human first. People often get blinded by the doctor in the human that they fail to recognize the human in the doctor! In today’s world, doctors are supposed to have holistic memory like Kyle XY, have no need for a good night’s sleep like Batman, be as resilient as Wolverine and preferably more empathic than Wonder Woman. It is almost like a doctor isn’t human.
Do I accept it? Nope, I don’t!
Not all superheroes wear capes, they say. Medics the unsung heroes…hmm! It sounds heroic when referring to doctors as superheroes without capes. In fact, it sounds cool but we do have capes, our white coats and scrubs, and medical caps.
They look similar but they’re spelled and pronounced differently. They’re not synonymous and so are those who wear them. I do not wish to ruin your childhood memories and adult fantasies but there are truly no existing superheroes like in the Marvel movies. Videlicet, the hero tag given to health workers is nothing but fiction.
Let’s be paradoxical here, you are still Clark Kent, Medics! Clark Kent wasn’t actually Superman but Superman was Clark Kent. My fellow doctors and medics be “Superman” for those who need you when they need you. However, be “Clark Kent” for yourself if not for anyone else and know that you need a ‘’Lois Lane”.
Finally, if you wish to be “Superman” all the time, there is a “kryptonite” that has the potential to remind you that there’s no “Superman” without “Clark Kent”.
Take care of you!
Emenyonu Chinedu Victor MD