Thursday, September 2, 2010
Thank you to deliverance, who joins us for another guest-blogging stint this Thursday morning!
"Serving, like healing, is mutual. There is no debt. I am as served as the person I am serving. When I help I have a feeling of satisfaction. When I serve I have a feeling of gratitude."
-Dr. Rachel Remen
Abortion work is draining.
Most service professions are, but the stubbornly looming abortion debate is inescapable.
Every once in awhile, unknowingly, my patients provide some much needed fresh air.
Last week I was assigned the role of Patient Support. This job includes assisting doctors in procedure rooms, ensuring equipment is clean, but most importantly, making sure patients have someone to help them through an abortion procedure.
Unlike many outpatient surgeries, abortion comes with a myriad of emotions. It is different than a typical surgery, because there are intangible parts of a person which need attention and care.
Many women walk in the door having absorbed persistent rhetoric meant to make a common medical procedure much harder than it should be—"Abortion is murder," "'Mommy,' I love you," "You are heartless."
Having the opportunity to make an abortion experience comfortable and safe for a woman reminds me of why I am in abortion care.
A patient affected me last week by gushing, "Thank you, you are so kind. Thank you for being there for me." Another held my hand until her procedure was finished. Another told me that our clinic was lucky to have me, and offered a complimentary pass to her yoga studio.
Abortion work may be draining, but patients are endlessly gracious.
They serve me just as much as I serve them.