One day I was treating a patient with burns.. While I was doing so I heard him constantly uttering some holy words which maybe gave him strength to bear the pain.. So every time he used to find any movement painful he used to start reciting a religious phrase..
It had been around the 2nd day or so, of me treating him and while I was trying to move him out of bed, he said, Mam please pray for me so that I get better.. And I said no..
He looked at me, and I said the strength that you need to endure the pain and suffering you’re going through right now, is in you.. God has already given you all that you need, its inside of you.. So instead of praying to him to ask for strength, be thankful to him and say Thank you.. And you are the person from whom should come, the “THANK YOU”…
Honestly for a second whatever I said was so promt that I could not even believe, for myself that, I just made a statement that deep..
And guess what, the look the patient had for me was as if I made him think hard.. He kept looking at me for a second.. I left him as well as myself Completely astonished by that statement of mine..
The good news was, after that day, i never had him complaining, I can’t.. He always said, “ il try..”
That was the best gift he gave me as a patient.. Or maybe i should say, the best gift I gave him.. “The realization”..
That incident was a moment of realization for me too.. If we as doctors can make the patient believe that the power comes from within them, then that would definitely make them strong and the belief they have in God even more stronger.. Its the point of realization and the point of finding yourself as the carrier of the power in you, that matters.. And not forgetting to say thank you…
It made me realise, that as doctors,
We don’t rise by healing others,
We rise by helping others..
I realised that the “NO” was a very blunt one.. But il tell u what, I have prayed for patients of mine, who left inspite of me praying.. That made me realise that no matter how much I try and give my best, the power to heal, lies in the hands of the Almighty.. Not in ours.. We are just a medium to make people realise the source of the power that heals..
Just think about it, when a patient, is in serious condition in the operation theatre, he isn’t conscious to pray, but still might survive.. How? Maybe because, GOD wanted him to, and maybe that’s why he already has given him what he needs to have in order to survive.. So as a patient, isn’t your job, to be grateful to him? Definitely yes..
The moral of the story is that when you as a doctor treat a patient you should never consider yourself great to be able to lessen his suffering.. Indeed thank him, that he considered you to be able to do so.. As the power comes from within, our job is to make him realize that.. And he will thank us for it..
I still remember my last day treating him, when he was about to get discharged.. And he said, Mam thank you for everything you did to make me recover.. Whatever you did was for my betterment and I hope when I come back for a follow up I get to meet you to show how well I improved..
That day, those words weren’t a sense of greatness of having treated him, but indeed a sense of happiness to be able to inculcate a patients faith in himself, His God, me as a therapist and in the Power of the profession of Physical Therapy..