Being a pharmacist, one of several healthcare professionals, certainly has its merits. I always feel fulfilled when providing medication counsel to a patient. Surgeons gain a great sense of accomplishment when completing a successful surgery, a nurse is rewarded seeing a patient leave the hospital healthy after successfully being treated for a life threatening disease. Physical therapists are glad to see patients regain their mobility with their guidance. And a dentist enjoys seeing his work on display with a newly delivered crown to a patient; both patient and the dentist are smiling broadly now. I believe I can speak for all of us, it is one reason that we have chosen healthcare as a profession.
But of course, there are also disappointments. Perhaps the biggest nonfulfillment is poor patient compliance. A physician tells his patient that he or she needs to lose weight, to exercise, and to alter their eating lifestyle…and they don’t. The dentist is disappointed when patients do not partake of good oral hygiene. The physical therapist is thwarted when patients do not do their exercises to assure the healing process and restoring the injured limb to its original functional state.
Why do so many people make poor health choices? Even more concerning, when told what they need to do, they still ignore advice and healthy admonitions. Well of course, the answer is lack of effort, not being accountable to one’s self, and the thought of only wanting the “magic pill” to do it all. Healthcare simply does not work that way. I could extol on the virtues of a healthy lifestyle; exercising, developing good eating habits, and being aware of body, mind, and spirit. But instead, I will close with wise words from wise people on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin
The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work. David Suzuki
Health is not valued until sickness comes. Thomas Fuller
To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha