Thanksgiving is really a time for reflection and appreciation. So I’m dedicating this blog post to gratitude. What are you grateful for? I am so grateful to the many people who have trusted in me and given me their time and/or support on this journey. I am grateful to my patient-members that believe in this style of practice and truly appreciate a real relationship with their physician. I am grateful to my family and friends for their love and humor and help. I am grateful to my furry kids for their warmth and undying adoration and attention, and for making me laugh every day. I am grateful for my health, and promise my body and brain to take better care with lots of veggies and fruits, more exercise, more meditation, more fulfilling opportunities, and more sleep. I am grateful for protective shelter and healthy food and heat/cooling and the simple amenities of living in this time and place and for having the opportunity to be here for this experience.
Of course, there are so many things I am grateful for, it is hard to call them all out. I really appreciate the opportunity to do the work I do, to care for the people that put their faith in my education, experience, and effort to help them get and stay healthy and whole. Vineyard Health was born of a desire to take care of people and re-establish real relationships with my patients. The healthcare industry has become a widget-making factory for large organizations and private investment firms, where physicians are valued only for seeing more patient-widgets (increasing “productivity”) over thoughtful care of their patients. And patients have become the widgets, where bigger numbers mean more money to corporate and administration, never mind the cost to the individual and their health in this fast food, cheaper-is-better mentality.
I hope you have the opportunity to have a real and trusting relationship with your physician. There are still great docs out there, fighting for their patients. It’s just getting harder in corporate medicine and physicians are facing burnout like never before. Please take a minute to appreciate your physician and the healthcare staff that try everyday to improve the lives of their patients. And if you are feeling more like a widget than a patient, email me, check out my website, see if we might be a good fit. If you are not local, check out the DPC frontier mapper for a Direct Primary Care physician near you.