but maybe not quite as faithful as i could be.
i let episodes slide--always telling myself i could watch it on DVD when it was released. i would occasionally loose track of the storyline-- only keeping my head above the proverbial water by reading the truly faithful viewers facebook status' on friday morning. and i would often miss the show when i was scheduled to work on thursday nights.
so it was a real treat when i had the opportunity yesterday morning to sit down with a mug of coffee and my DVR remote, and watch the first episode of this season. i sat in horror as the drama unfolded. and was literally speechless when, via the ever dramatic voice-over, meredith delivered this line:
i think, perhaps, my jaw dropped. i'm not sure a truer statement has ever been made on this show. in medical school, and nursing school alike, you learn how to assess for signs of bodily failure. you are mercilessly quizzed on the proper drugs and dosages to administer in the event a human life is slipping away in front of your very eyes. you spend hours on your knees practicing life saving maneuvers. but no one ever teaches you how to save yourself once you've experienced it, and then its over.
for all the immediately gratifying and awe-inspiring aspects of my job, there are equal parts tragedy. for example: how does one embrace a mother who has a lost child, and then go home to dinner with the family? how does one administer chest compressions to a baby who is hours old, and then return home to sleep? how are we expected to come so close to death-- and keep on thriving ourselves?
i think about this sometimes. i struggle with how very real these feelings are. and i have come to the conclusion that this world will not change. my profession will not change. it is my attitude that must change. it is my outlook. i have the awesome privilege of being able to help people through difficult times. i have the honor of caring for them, and their children, in crucial circumstances. i believe it is God who has placed me here, and it is He who will see me through. He who will give me the strength to be strong for someone who has, seemingly, lost it all. to be strong for those who are weak. and He will give me my own strength, when i feel like i have given everything inside of me.
do i love my job? yes. do i want to do what i am doing, forever? no.
there are so many things i want to dip my hands into. so many dreams and aspirations i have. and when my work is done where i am at-- i know i will walk away a stronger person. a more compassionate person. and a person who, through aiding the loss of others, has learned the greatest thing of all.
how, even in the midst of tragedy, to go on living.
and living fully.