June 3, 2016
Let me be the one to heal your pain To ensure your strength will soon regain I promise to do well, and never to do harm Which is why this event caused me much alarm My patient was found to have a DVT But mistakenly sent home without therapy Returned three days later with shortness of breath Fearing the worst, that he was closer to death I restarted therapy to treat the lung clot Remembering management that we were taught My patient felt better, breathing with ease No more rhonchi, crackles or even a wheeze My patient was found to have a DVT But mistakenly sent home without therapy The burden of guilt is the hardest part I question what could’ve been done from the start Embracing me warmly, oblivious to my shame, My patient’s revitalized health absolves me from blame A momentary lapse in judgment, an unclear mind Led to a life in the balance and a moral bind Never forget the number one rule More important than what was learned in medical school We are only humans and we make mistakes We are not only programmed to treat pains and aches Always stay humble and pay close mind To every document and discharge note signed My patient was found to have a DVT, Fortunately, he was sent home, healed and disease-free
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