God, the greatest, miracle worker
Yes, that is punctuated correctly. Those of you who know me are probably thinking, "OMG, what's he done now." Nothing, nothing. Only my job. And yet that was enough to earn me those three complements today. It wasn't even, "He's a god." It was, "He's God." The lightning bolt has not struck yet, but let me tempt Him further. If I'm Him, why haven't I allowed Me to win the bloody Super Lotto? Why can't I heal my wife and son of their ailments (not to mention my loathesome summer cold)? Oh, yeah -- I work in mysterious ways. I should know better than to question Myself. Profound question for the evening: why is that the only pronouns we capitalize are for Him -- the Big Guy -- with one exception: I, I, I, I, I? Back to my happy patients. As much as I'd like to believe I'm doing that spectacular a job, I know better. Truth is, many patients (especially those who haven't been burned yet by the medical community) really want to believe this. A German friend once told me that in his country, there's a phrase for doctors: Demigotts im weiss* = demigods in white. Folks want to think we're either channeling God or we have a direct line to Him, no call waiting. It's comforting to think that.
Kevin Sorbo as Hercules: another demigod in whiteScarier is the fact that many doctors believe this, too. Even those of us who understand our limitations have to admit we didn't have the cleanest reasons for joining the biz. Yes, sure, I wanted to help people. But didn't my fear of sickness and death have more than a little to do with it, too? And don't I have (at some level) the irrational idea that my MD gives me a Platinum Card with the Lord? That I can, in fact, put off my own death indefinitely, just by being a doctor? In the face of all this psychological weirdness, it's tough as hell being agnostic. And for you newbies, please don't ask me if I've been saved. So I feel the need to come out and say this, say it in supersized font, even though the folks who read this blog are smart enough to know it already. But here goes. Doctors are human. Pretty scary, huh? D. *Gabriele -- did I remember that right?