Patients Vs Physicians

It is too bad that physicians have to become patients sometimes. They know too much, and they don’t know much—- about being a patient. Not talking about being patient and having patience. I am talking about the physicality of being a patient.
There are some areas the physician can go without fear as a patient, for example, a heart attack, a mastectomy, a knee replacement, because usually these are common problems and the workup, surgical procedure and the prognosis is fairly well known.

But most of them know didley about eyes. yup! Every one says, don’t worry, it is easy and you will be good as new in no time. And if you are a pathologist who depends on his eyes and takes comfort in looking into the microscope, or, a writer, or even an artist, can you imagine the fear this person would have to not be able to see? It is an unchartered territory for a common, run-of-the-mill physician, me thinks!

Okay, I am not talking about me. I am just bleating. Who says I am scared? I am not. Thursday will come, and about this time day after tomorrow, it will be all done. Well, I don’t know what I am saying. Here is an old poem I think I had posted on Xanga. Be well, be safe, see you next week insha’Allah (Godwilling)


I breathe, I go to sleep

I wake up.

It is a cycle of constant movement.

Let everything stop, halt the cacophony

let me hold time in my hand

let me be patient with myself~

Life with dashed hopes

break-ups and tears, and giggles

begs for patience

wants to diffuse the hurry and scurry

of everyday life

into a transformed serenity

of love and hope.

I fear I am no longer myself

I am only an atom of a sublime whole

patient sometime

wild at other times. Β©

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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18 Responses to Patients Vs Physicians

  1. It’s hard to wait. I hope the time passes quickly.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Beautiful poem. Eye sight is a scary thing to loose.

  3. murisopsis says:

    I really like this poem! I’ve heard you say that patience is not something you possess. And as a patient, patience is often needed! Try to stay distracted and the time will pass quickly… My mother was released from the hospital but has to go to a rehab center for 7 – 10 days to get her strength back. She will have to have a recheck of the new graft/stent in a month to make sure it is going to stay put… She is NOT a patient patient either!

  4. I pray and hope things will go well. Perhaps there is a way you can let us know? Do take care. Sending you lots of love and patience. πŸ™‚

  5. A wonderful poem! Well expressed! So relatable to all of us! πŸ™‚
    Sending up prayers, and sending out the bestest of wishes, for your next eye surgery.
    Sight, especially good sight, is so important in our lives.
    Sometimes it’s hard for a patient to be patient. πŸ™‚ But I’ve found the medical personnel are wonderful in dealing with patients with patience! I’m grateful for them! πŸ™‚
    Ha! I have a funny patience story, but it’s too long to share in comment.
    (((HUGS))) and ❀
    PS…I admire you as someone who sees with your heart…but I want your eyes to see well, too. πŸ™‚

  6. With you today in thoughts and prayers. ❀

  7. Rupali says:

    Lovely flower to accompany your poem dear Zakiah ji. Of course I know you are not scared but sending good wishes and love. πŸ™

  8. Zakiah says:

    Thank you, all of you above for your kind thoughts, prayers and good wishes. The surgical procedure went well, and i had a follow up this morning, with good and positive results. Just upset that I am not able to take a heavy duty shower. That will happen on Monday. Can’t wait.

  9. Good to hear the good news, Zakiah! πŸ™‚
    YAY for Monday and shower time! πŸ™‚

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