Social media celebrates all number of fun holidays and today we celebrate #NationalDoctorsDay 2017. The red carnation has become the symbol of this day to honor doctors.
The challenges facing physicians today are worthy of setting aside one day a year to honor their dedication. I have watched family members go through medical school. The hours of training are long and arduous. The personal sacrifice to self and family is admirable.
Sub-specialties, like plastic surgery and particularly microsurgery, take even more training, more dedication, and immense skill. The education is life-long and takes many more hours of study and exams to maintain board certification and learn the latest techniques in their chosen field. There are long hours spent at hospitals, calls taken late into the evening, and likely some restless hours spent wondering how to solve tomorrow’s challenging medical issue with patients.
We trust a physician to heal our bodies of illness, replace a heart that has stopped functioning, rebuild a body part that was lost to disease or an accident, bring a new life into the world; the list goes on.
Today, take time out to acknowledge those who have served and healed you. My hope is that during this #NationalDoctorsDay 2017 that doctors will find a moment to smile, a moment for themselves, and a take a moment to realize that the profession they chose is honorable and so deserving of all the accolades they receive this day and every day!
Here is what I’d like to say to the doctors who have taken care of me.
Thank you for being compassionate, so knowledgeable in your field, always staying up on the latest techniques, for your sense of humor and laughing with me, oh yes, and dancing with me (you know who you are!) and making a difference in the way I feel and honoring my health and body!!
What would you like to say about your doctor today?
Happy #NationalDoctorsDay 2017!