I won’t be posting next Sunday (12/25) due to the holiday. I’ll resume posts on January 1st, 2012. I wish everyone the best of the season and my hope that the new year will bring long overdue prosperity.
It’s been a tough year for clients, pets, friends, and family. The beginning of today’s entry was a couple months back. It was a particularly difficult day during which lives hung in the balance. This isn’t meant to be melodramatic. We had an emergency surgery, I counseled a client about euthanasia, and spoke with a close friend that lost a family member after a long and difficult illness. At the close of the day, I did what I do when I need to cope: I write.
This is a very, very personal thing for me to share. I’m nervous about posting this but I feel compelled to share part of the humanity of veterinary practice. I’m opening myself up as a way to halve a burden normally shouldered only by clients.
I want to be clear that this essay represents only my own point of view. I mean no disrespect toward the decisions my clients have made. I don’t expect that everyone will agree with me. My intention isn’t to create a debate. A conversation would be more than acceptable.
As a matter of respect, the essay itself is on the next page. Click the number 2 below to read.