Sunday, December 23, 2012

Do you believe enough in it?

So here we are..Christmas is around the corner...the time for festivity, cheer and high spirits and for a few days, the politics rest, the battles are ceased and its time for the family. Spent the weekend introducing my daughter to Tolkein, my son to the story of Spiderman...and their wide eyed amazement made it all worthwhile. Spent time watching Rise of the Guardians and the proud parents loved the wonder shown by their son at seeing the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa..all there together...forces of good...fighting the Boogie-man. 

In the background, the world goes on...the same challenges of emergency care continues, my type 1 patients still drop me texts and emails asking for help, the hospital managers still sends out that last weary email asking for "one more push"...life goes on for all concerned. And we try...we keep trying to help. So to turn away, albeit for a bit, from the incessant battle, negativity of the whole system....just to take a deep breath is always welcome.

For those who live with Type 1 diabetes...I don't have T1D, I don't know what it is to live with- and I don't pretend to...but have never stopped admiring the resilience of those who do day in, day out. So far I have started on a journey to see what can be done and am feeling my way around the brutal politics and learned helplessness of the NHS. But not to worry...the quintessential rebel always has loved a challenge. A famous quote goes like this..."Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable, one should not go willingly with it".Keep the faith ladies and gentlemen...just at the beginning of an interesting journey.

To my friends and like minded individuals who work within the NHS, take time with your loved ones and be proud of what we all do...because at the heart of it all, we want to make people better, we want to make the system better. If for a few days, we can forget all the divide of acute trusts, community trusts, specialists, GPs, nurses....then perhaps it just shows we can do something good altogether. Naive? Maybe. Realistic? Of course!

To all of you out there...a festive wishes- may Santa listen to your heartfelt wishes. 

"Agar Kisi Cheez Ko Tum Dil Se Chaho...Toh Poori Kaaynat Use Tumse Milane Ki Koshish Mein Lag Jaati Hain"...a famous dialogue from a Bollywood movie...loosely translated meant..."If you want something from the bottom of your heart , the whole universe will conspire to get it for you"

I have placed my wish...and I know its gonna come true. What's yours...and more importantly...do you believe enough in it? 

Merry Christmas to all. 

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