As always Victo Dolore with her Behind the White Coat blog is a great inspiration for my blog posts.
She blogged in her own serious manner about the pain doctors feel when their patients die or suffer.
In my reply, I compared my job to a job of an actress ( I know the politically correct thing might be to say actor like doctor, but I am old fashioned and I would prefer calling myself a “ doctoress” if there was such word). That way people would know I am a woman!
I remember watching a concert of a famous Czech chansonniere Hana Hegerova. She sung either Czech translations of songs by Gilbert Becaud, Jacque Brel or Edit Piaf, but mainly original Czech songs. Every song was a small theatre performance and a story. There were little accidental bits in the concert- her tripping over or supressing a chuckle, spontaneous charming imperfections.
Instead of being disappointed, I thought: “What a professional ! ”
I used to play theatre when I was a teenager. Apparently I was rather good. The teacher in my drama group wanted me to study acting at university. I didn’t. But in a way, I get to act every day.
And I hope for the sake of my patients, that I am as good an actress as I am a good doctoress. It is a nice word- isn’t it?