Doctors Are Becoming Desensitized Because Of Coronavirus
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

My Mom's ER Visit Was JUST As Important As COVID-19, But The Doctors Didn't Treat Her That Way

It seems like the only way they pay attention is if you're on a respirator.

My Mom's ER Visit Was JUST As Important As COVID-19, But The Doctors Didn't Treat Her That Way

Frontline heroes and essential workers are our modern-day superheroes. Say what you will, doctors and nurses have been putting their lives on the line to take care of the sick for the past five months. The news has been full of stories about coronavirus, praising doctors and nurses for the good work that they are doing. While I agree that our world is facing an incredibly challenging time, some personal experience leads me to question if this senseless virus is altering doctors' behaviors.

This past weekend my mom was rushed to the hospital after going into anaphylaxis. Although neither one of us is a stranger to this reaction, typically a shot of epinephrine or Benadryl does the trick. But in this case, neither seemed to work. At the hospital, despite her closing airways, it took her nearly 30 minutes to see a doctor who wouldn't even come into the room.

For some frame of reference: My mom is an incredibly intelligent physician who has struggled with health issues her entire adult life. This doctor, however, continued to insult my mother's intellect by insisting that she did not know what she was talking about. I am sorry, but what happened to bedside manner? To make matters worse, the hospital staff would not allow my dad into the building, let alone the room. My mother, with her closing airways, was forced to advocate for herself to a doctor who would not even listen.

One important step to becoming a doctor is taking the Hippocratic Oath, a promise to "first, do no harm."

In my mind, this doesn't just apply to physical wellbeing, but emotional and mental as well — something I believe my mother's doctor seemed to forget.

I understand these are incredibly trying times. I see photos circulating the internet of doctors' and nurses' faces with scaring and bruising from their PPE. I see the posts nurses make after losing a patient to COVID. I see the videos of people in New York cheering and banging pots and pans at 7:00 p.m in support of their healthcare workers. But I also see that every patient is not receiving that same attention and care. One life should not be valued at a higher weight because of symptoms. One illness does not negate the importance of another medical emergency.

If someone was having a heart attack, how would doctors respond?

Right now, hospitals are limiting family and the people that are allowed in. It is more important now more than ever for nurses and doctors to be a source of light and comfort for patients, not put them on the defensive leaving them feeling scared and alone.

Report this Content
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments