I don’t know why more people don’t die of broken hearts.
I was in a doctor’s office today and heard an infant crying. An INFANT. I looked at my doctor and asked, Do you hear that? At first, he kept his professional persona, as I know he needed to do, and then he said, I thought I could be a pediatrician until my wife and I had children…I could not…could not…
A moment of connection with the medical provider and me—neither of us wanted to hear an infant crying in a medical provider’s office….
I could not tell a parent, he started to say.
And I knew what he meant.
I don’t need to see this doctor for a year or so, so I was a safe patient to be real with… but we both looked at each other and wondered–how do people cope?
All the news about children and parents being separated at the border. How do people survive?
I worked with someone whose infant was born with a stomach tumor as large as the infant himself…and his insurance company denied his claim as a PRE-EXISTING condition.
How does one survive this heart-breaking, life-breaking fact, that a BABY would be denied coverage? That this child was born with a life-threatening disease?
I have often wondered how anyone survives a war; I doubt I could, as I am very sensitive and I do not make quick decisions. I ponder, ponder, fret and consider, while the world has moved on.
In any case, I found an article from the American Heart Association about Broken Heart Syndrome.
This doesn’t answer the question of HOW do people survive? I don’t know. I really don’t know… how people survive war, catastrophes, etc. I admire anyone who does.
And I think we REALLY need to be kind to others, since we don’t know what people are trying to deal with.
Be nice. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Life isn’t easy at times; life can be so complicated.
But I think most people want to survive, protect those they love, and have a purpose in life.
With all of this in common, can we find a way to get along?
I hope so.
Thanks for reading, and wishing you peace and empathy.
PS I wonder how many people *do* die of broken hearts, but it is called something else? BE NICE. Try to understand others. Try to extend compassion.
3 thoughts on “Of Broken Hearts…a Moment of reality in the doctor’s office and more…”
The baby crying in the doctor’s office was not at a pediatrician’s office, so that must have been awful.
When you hear the news of a woman breastfeeding her baby only to be arrested…and her child taken to one of the Walmart centers where they are holding “unaccompanied” minors who were accompanied until arrested, or you hear about a four-year-old defending himself in immigration court and being denied asylum, well…is second-hand broken heart syndrome a thing?
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The infant was very sick.
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And yes. It is heartbreaking.
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