Over the last six years, I have worked in orthopedic surgery and quite enjoy the experiences and skills acquired through my profession.
Why orthopedic surgery? My answer- Why not?
The most appealing part of my profession is that I am actively involved in fixing a problem. The outcomes after surgery, especially in the subspecialty of orthopedic trauma, is tangible.
A broken bone fixed.
An arthritic hip replaced.
Very often, I am a witness to that transformation.
I am a witness to a life transformed.
BUT, I know there are broken aspects of healthcare and our society that orthopedics cannot mend.
As the holiday season comes along, I like to ask patients if they are ready for the holiday season. In previous years, the answer has always been a resounding “yes, I have my tree up” or “I have most of my shopping done already”. However, this year has been different.
More recently, I hear “no!” or “I do not have any money this year for Christmas”. I would venture to say that about 10-15% of the patients I have seen recently in the outpatient clinic were not in the spirit of jingle bells and deck the halls.
Instead, they are concern about where their next meal will come from and how to find a small gift for their children. Even more so, they are unsure of their next job.
These are the issues of life. The real problems of society that I wish I can mend.
So what can we do for others during this holiday season?
My suggestion is simple and one that I am following.
Be mindful of others, realizing that they do not have the same means as you do. DO not be boastful, but rather kind and considerate.
If you have excess, find a local place to donate or a family to sponsor. I guarantee that the families you help will appreciate the love with the highest gratitude.
Our actions today will lead to a society with one less fracture.
Let us give each other support! Be each other’s crutch.