Looking for a professional, accredited family physician. Must have exceptional bedside manner and communicate equally well with children and adults. Must posses the ability to resist the desire to check emotion at the examining room door but rather let that compassion and concern compel you to initiate the highest quality of care for your patient. Possessing the ability to soothe and comfort a grieving patient who is at their wit's end on their search for health answers is essential. Even if you do not have all the answers, a willingness to be your patient's advocate and exhaust your resources and other colleaugues' until a solution has been found is of utmost necessity. Commitment to your patient's health and wellbeing should not be limited to those who have obvious, external critical needs but should extend in equal measure to those who suffer with ongoing and challenging effects of illness that threaten the patient's quality of life. Persons in the medical community who view their role as 'doctor' as nothing more than a profession rather than a calling need not apply. Nor do those persons from which a flippant dismissal accompanied by the phrase, "sorry, there's nothing I can do for you", has ever been uttered need apply.
editor's note: As many of you know, I have suffered continual struggles regarding my health since my pregnancy with Emmanuelle. The doctors and specialists that have filled my appointment books have offered very little in terms of answers or solutions. While I am still fervent in my quest to find such a doctor as described above, I am also comforted knowing that I have one, The Great Physician, who heals and comforts in the most miraculous of ways. In 2 Chronicles there tells a story of King Asa, who "though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians." His story does not end well, as the physician's had no cure for him. Yet another king proved wiser as he sought comfort from his affliction. 2 Kings 20:2-4 "Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 'Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with whole hearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.' And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: 5 "Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you." This is the great comfort in my illness, knowing that I have come to the Source of Life and am assured that He has heard my prayer and seen my (many) tears. While I await His answer and healing, I can possess such a peace that passes all understanding even in the suffering. Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."