It was a recent conversation with a patient when I came to the realization of just how many of our patient families are military. In most cases we are seeing the spouse and children and may have yet to actually meet the military member. However, we are always honored when we have the opportunity to treat the military personnel, as well. Our goal is to be the primary care provider for the entire family.
What a strong group of individuals, both military personnel and their family members. It goes without saying that we all have a spot in our hearts for anyone in the armed forces. Encountering someone in a military fatigue or military uniform is one of the most prideful and humbling moments. With only a few brief seconds of eye-contact you are looking into the eyes of someone that has chosen to sacrifice their life for yours and your family. All too often we don’t immediately or ever recognize the spouses, parents and children of these designated members of our nation. Some community organizations have started to implement some programs to assist families in the transition. As a member of the community Travis and I started asking ourselves how we could make the transition easier. Make life a little easier for the entire family unit, within our capacity. We have tried by offering flexible hours and easy access to our services. As we spoke more and to the day that this article went to press we realized we were affected by the cycle. We lose a patient or family with hopefully at least a months’ notice at the best.
As life would have it, it’s usually after we have achieved a treatment goal or even obtained a difficult diagnosis. Have you ever had a conversation with a spouse of, or a military personnel? If not, I encourage you to. It can often sound very unfamiliar to us civilians: “We just received our PCS orders and now I have to pack up alone; my spouse is deployed for three months; sorry if I’m in a bad mood but the movers forgot our kitchen so I have no coffee maker; I’m sad and lonely because none of the kids want to be my friend; I finally made a good friend at my father’s/mother’s last location and now I have to start all over and I don’t know anyone.” Personally, I know how hard it is to be treated like an outsider or bullied (adult bulling is real-they are the childhood bullies that have grown up). I respect all of the ones that can and the ones that work toward making it seem so easy.
OT Family Medicine is dedicated to being a supportive part of that process. Thank you for all the love, patience, support, positive feedback, recommendations, willingness to help, trust, loyalty and everything else that has made OT Family Medicine the best leap of faith we all have taken.
Here’s our challenge – introduce yourself to the “new kid” on the block, at work or at school. Encourage your children to as well. It will mean a lot more to someone than you know.
Again thank you for the support which has allowed us to work in a place we love, a place we are elated to call our second home. We are grateful to be working with a group that makes it easy to love, live, and laugh while spreading our happiness to our patients.
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