Most of us in the health care field feel immune to or, as least, feel grateful that we do not have the illnesses that present to us on a daily basis . Many of us also take our health for granted, though we know what to do to maintain it better than most. But I also feel we are required, because of our white coats, to somehow rise above the aging process and incessant march of illness through all people by occasionally weighing our chances against a hostile environment. The rude awakening is that we do take off our white coats and we do become ill, often times with the same maladies we attempt to remedy on a daily basis.
It is, some say, morally wrong to self-treat, so we must rely upon our brothers and sisters in the medical community for help in our time of need. At one time or another, all of us will become patients and we will be on the public side of the elevators. For many of us it may be a first view of our world from the outside. Because it was so for me, it is time to reflect upon my experiences as a patient of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute of St. David’s Medical Center in Austin and their Center for Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation and the care I received by my personal physician, Jason D. Zagrodzky, M.D.
Contemplating being a patient made me think of our reason for dedicating our lives and often our own health, to the benefit of a select people that wish to call us their physician and whom we call our patients.
As patients, our goal would be to find a physician who will treat us as they would treat their own family and loved ones. Next, as patients we are not cases; we are people with names, we would rather not be faceless, soulless, numbered cattle. As patients we don’t want standard care; we want superior care!
And superior care is exactly what I received under the care of Dr. Zagrodzky and the staff of St. David’s Medical Center and the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. It is clear that all of the staff are far and above what one could expect from a conventional medical care institution. Because I am a physician, was my care somehow different? Absolutely not. I am sure that all patients get the same quality professionalism and attention.
You may never have learned this: but an earthworm has five hearts. We lowly humans only have two? Yes, two; one in our chest and one in our mind. My joyous hearts would like to thank you for being there in my time of need. You have been a blessing to me, my family and my patients, as I soon will be back to doing what I love.