Do miracles really happen?

I believe in Medicine. I think it is an amazing science.  We understand a lot about the human body and we have some idea as to how  and why it reacts the way it does. We can make some intelligent estimates of what prognosis and quality of life a person will have. How ever we are not clairvoyants, who can predict the future, or time machines for added accuracy. Also everything in medicine is very individual at the end of the day. How a 22 year old athlete will react to a chest infection is very different from how a 74 year old with a smoking history of 50 pack years will.

Yet, I believe we know enough to provide some guidelines. It is not a perfect science. Then again nothing in life is.

There are some glaring short falls that I have observed.  Ego can  play a huge part in judgement. A cancer specialist lives in his own bubble of hope that he can take away cancer. If not completely cure, atleast give the patients a few more years of life. But at no point does he want to think of end of life issues. That is not why he became a cancer specialist. He became one to give life to those suffering. It is his ego, that does not allow him to realize that may be the few extra days in pain may not be as valuable as a few dignified hours with the family.

Then there is laziness. A lot of specialists want to only take care of their own organ system. It appears like they only care about their own tree in the forrest. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the forrest is on fire. Hence the need for several specialties to work together on very ill patients and some times not so ill patients. Inspite of the million things that go wrong or can go wrong, I think  doctors do a decent job.

So many times, I am told about miracle survivals. ” Doctors have said not more than three months and now seven years later…”

I am amazed at the grit and determination of the individual. I am amazed with the support of the family. I think it is miraculous. I think people who walk after spinal cord injuries, give hope to society. I think the patient who survives bad head trauma is determined, I feel people who come out of depression are inspired.

At no point do I feel that when the doctor told a person with a broken spine that his chances of walking are slim, he was doing it out of some arrogance.. he is just relaying facts, his experience and his limitations.



Filed under Expectations, Experiences, Faith, Health, Issues, Motivation, People, Thoughts

6 responses to “Do miracles really happen?

  1. Pingback: Do miracles really happen? « SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS - Dhiren Shah’s Blog

  2. >>A lot of specialists want to only take care of their own organ system. It appears like they only care about their own tree in the forrest. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the forrest is on fire.

    hahaha. this is so true. happened once that an ENT refused to comment about a problem with the jaw while investigating a _related_ problem with nose and ear.


  3. TAK:
    I see that a lot in my current work environment. It is almost dangerous.


  4. I believe in miracles.. so thats that..


  5. You’re right. I have had the luck to meet one really inspiring person myself. He went through a lot but a lot saved him his confidence. It’s miraculous. I believe if there is god, this is all he is doing to ensure others don’t lose faith.


  6. Pallavi:
    I think secretly we all do.

    I suppose. Thank you for sharing your story. We do need some inspiration around.


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