I'm sorry you had to get your news in this fashion. Unfortunately a lot of Dr's don't have that empathy gene to convey heart ripping news to a patient. Your write was done wonderfully, good rhyming throughout and it flowed beautifully.
This was magnificent, a truly unique poem concept I've never seen before... I've honestly never thought of it, either. We most definitely are two quite different people (judging from your comment on my Nihilism poem, you care an awful lot and it seems I care less with each passing day), and going to the doctor I just want whatever it is to be told to me flat out. I think empathy is an important trait for a doctor, though; not only that, but to gauge and even ask for customer input. A doctor should tailor the experience to the person he/she is dealing with, especially seeing as appointment's tend to be expensive affairs these days. Some people, like yourself, can be traumatized by an apathetic diagnosis; while trying to fix health problems, it's best not to cause PTSD, too.
I hope that the news you got wasn't bad, and your words are wonderful- I'm glad your friend encouraged you to write; myself, as a stranger, encourage you to write more! :)
Sorry if I didn't make much sense throughout my comment; I am in a rambling sort of mood. My bad!
Hey thanks S, not at all rambling and easily understood. This was written in relation to being told, while pregnant, that my unborn child was "not compatible with life" ... they were wrong and he's now almost 17 but what a way to word such news!
I'm with you on the straight talking bit, but even I found that unnecessarily harsh! Lol
Thanks so much for your lovely comments and kind words ... I think you care more than you let on ;-) x
I like this. It is sad how the bedside manner of most doctor's today have become like a bull in a China shop. Short on compassion, short on time and yet so quick to bill. When I go to the doctors office and watch people as they enter and exit it reminds me of the 29 years I watched automobiles coming off the assembly line. The difference is I knew the autos were completed and the patients are probably just as sick as when they went in.
Thanks so much for your comments Glen, I'm glad you liked it. Here in the UK we're very lucky to get 'free' healthcare, but the younger doctors are horribly overworked and underpaid ... but this particular doctor was a senior with years of experience ... her words and my shock at hearing them will probably never leave me! It's good to get this stuff out via poetry :-)
This poem is truthful and it captures a patient’s inner
feelings, anxiety and pain when they need to hear the news
from a doctor who has no feelings what so ever. Sometimes I
feel they are just cold heart-ed and they deliver the news
as if the patient deserves it. There are very few who have
that patience and compassion and this poem really portrays
pain against a doctor’s non compassionate heart.
Well penned…take care
This poem is very true. Doctors sometimes just see an illness and not a human being, its crazy! I've had medical professionals confuse me with other patients and say completely tactless things, yet I've also had doctors cry in front of me , give heartfelt compliments and hilarious jokes. I guess they are human too, they would have to have awfully big hearts in order to treat each patient so warmly.
I think as writers we are very aware of how powerful words (spoken or written) are, this is a very relatable write and something that makes me think about how we use language in our everyday lives....love this write added to favs :)