Good Morning Readers!
I just enjoyed my first vacation in five years and now I understand the lament----vacations are never long enough. I think I would have enjoyed one more day with my hubby. I spent two Saturday mornings of my vacation listening to awesome neurololgy lectures that were only available during those two days. It was very worthwhile, but indicative of all the other time off I have attempted in the past----work always creeps in and I'm never away mentally from work.
No matter how much in advance I post my absence, there are always patients and situations that demand attention. I think that is the nature of health care and burn out. I've been practicing as a solo practitioner for five years now and doing my own call for those same five years. Its getting harder and harder to do personalized health care. No matter what I know is the right thing to do I still have to contend with the influences of government involvement in my business.
Sometimes I think that being in healthcare is a losing proposition, since I alone will not win against a large government with a political agenda and human nature's thirst for freebies at the expense of others. Yesterday, someone asked me why I continue to fight the odds. My answer wasn't surprising, but it is, unfortunately, becoming more rare: I know I serve an awesome God who designed me to be a nurse practitioner in this day and age. He appointed my time of existence and my purpose. When I think about what He did to restore my relationship with Him, the choice is simple. I serve at His will for the time He appoints. That's why I fight the odds of doing the right thing against a political machine that focuses on the wrong things and lies while seducing you into believing it tells the truth.
My clinic has been in existence for the last five against enormous odds. I celebrate my fifth anniversary as of the 16th of September. I am still in business because I serve an awesome God. He reigns and has me in the palms of His hands. He protects those He loves and who love Him in return. The clinic will continue to serve people for as long as the clinic is needed.
So readers, if you are having doubts about what you should be doing and what your life means, I kindly recommend a long conversation with the one in charge. It isn't the easiest path to follow, but it is one of fulfillment and purpose.
To Your Excellent Health!