This is now my third day in the Write of Passage course, and we are coming up to the due date for our first assignment. The topic for the week is to think about our frequently asked questions. More specifically, we are gearing up to give the definitive answer to our most frequently asked question.
Not a lot of people have heard of my medical specialty, Palliative Medicine, so this seemed like a good place to start. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but I think the specialty should have been given a different name 🙊 A lot of people have trouble pronouncing it. Sometimes the words will even stumble out of my mouth when I go to say it - pa·lee·uh·tiv.
Okay, back to the topic, my assignment. I probably have several questions that are all vying for the number one spot. As if questions could compete with each other. Maybe they do. Maybe they wrestle with each other in our minds.
After the wrestling match, the emerging victor would be “Isn’t Palliative Care for people who are dying?”. Even though I get asked this a lot, I never get tired of answering. I actually enjoy talking about it, but I'll get into that later in future essays.
There is a lot more to that question than people usually realize. There is a lot to say about dying. But you cannot talk about dying without talking about living too.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. —Kahlil Gibran
Talk more soon,