How much do you make: A brief ‘essay’ from a medical professional
Here’s a brilliant answer to a question that people often ask those in the health and medical profession, doctors particularly.
Dr. Dimapuno A. Datu Ramos, Jr., who is also the director and media officer of the Bureau of External Relations of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF-BER) posted his answer on his Facebook page.
Maybe his brief “essay” would silence those who are wont to asking doctors how much do they make!
How much do doctors make?
“You’re a Doctor? How much do you make?”
I replied: “HOW MUCH DO I MAKE?”
I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you’re scared…
I can make your child breathe when they stop…
I can help your father survive a heart attack…
I can make myself get up at 4 a.m. to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live…
and I will work straight through until 4 a.m. to keep her alive and start the day all over again!
I work all day to save the lives of strangers…
I will drop everything and run a code blue for hours trying to keep you alive!!!
I make my family wait for dinner until
I know your family member is taken care of…
I make myself skip lunch so that
I can make sure that everything I did for your wife today was
I work weekends and holidays and all through the night because people don’t just get sick Monday though Saturday and during normal working
Today, I might save your life.
How much do I make?
All I know is, I make a difference.
I Care, Not Just Cure (C)