Sunday, April 11, 2010

I'm not God.

I'm feeling like a bad vet today...Monday morning quarterbacking myself and whatnot. I lost some critical cases this weekend, and I am searching for what could have been done better. VIN (Veterinary Information Network) has been instrumental in helping me become a better, more informed veterinarian. Yet...I will always make mistakes. EVERY single doctor - human or animal - will. It's part of being human. Still, when I lose, my frustration can be overwhelming. I look back and think - had I done this, had I done that - would I have saved the patient? Dammit. I need a Benadryl and a good night's sleep.

4 comments:

Mary said...

Hope you're feeling better today. I don't know you, but I can tell from what/how you write that you are not a bad vet. You are fantastic and if you lived in my area, I'd want my animals to see you.

Elizabeth said...

Stop beating yourself up and pull something from your "Atta-girl" file..
You can't save them all no matter how good you are.. But you are trying and that's what matters..

Mara said...

It's not often that I consider someone I've never met in real life to be a friend. You, however, are a friend, and a damn good vet. Rather than beat yourself up, take a few wacks at me, and I promise to beat you in return. Then we will both get over feeling incompetent, and go back to being kick ass vets.

The Homeless Parrot said...

Thanks for the support...especially you, Mara :)