Dr. Ranjana Srivastava, from her essay “The Loneliness of Visiting” in this week’s edition of The New England Journal of Medicine

Hospital Visit“Hospital Visit” (photo: Bart Heird/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

A Doctor in the Waiting Room

by Nancy Rosenbaum, producer

When a close friend of Dr. Srivastava suffers a stroke, the medical oncologist from Melbourne confronts the difficulty and helplessness of being a hospital visitor. The experience makes her more empathetic towards her patients’ absent loved ones who visit sparingly.

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The pain that goes along with having a loved one ill or injured is great and can lead one to anger, i.e. depression or chose to surrender to the helplessness. After one accepts this helplessness then the possibility of being present in your heart can not only heal yourself - it can open up your heart to send healing energy to your loved one who is hospitalized.

 To be happy show compassion. To make someone happy show compassion.The Dali Lama-  

 Wonderful and important topic. Even if you think to be a sensible doctor you are surprised by the helplessness and sadness if you become a visitor of a dear family member in the hospital. 
So was I when my mother became ill. 
On the next round a an attending surgeon in my hospital I listened even more carfully to the complaints and sorows of my old-lady-patients.
Never forget that we are interacting human beings before anything else.