As my surgery date draws closer, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I need to wear (before/after) surgery. Which led me to thinking about what I’d rather be wearing than a hospital gown (anything...)
Comparing these two garment choices, (scrubs or hospital gown) who wouldn’t want to put on the colorful scrubs?
Nobody I know would (by choice) select the shapeless, drab-looking hospital gown (and for more reasons than the colors they come in.)
Because everybody knows the big difference between these two types of clothing isn’t the material they’re made of…it’s the role you take on while wearing them.
Medical professional or medical patient.
Given the obvious pluses of taking on a medical professional’s role rather than the place of a medical patient, it’s not a tough call to make.
One offers independent decision making, meaningful conversations, and thoughtful, potentially life-altering choices.
Wait a minute.
Doesn’t being a patient involve the same proactive involvement as their medical caregivers?
Patients today are expected to choose carefully and wisely their caregivers and the treatments offered them. They’re also expected to think through all the options available to them while recognizing each decision is life-altering.
So, whether I’m in the role of a caregiver (or the one receiving care), there’s equal responsibility. We are in fact, sharing the burden together as we work toward the same end.
On any given day, if you’re scrubbing in or scrubbing up — be mindful that exchanging roles is sometimes just as easy (and happens as fast) as a change in clothing. So putting ourselves in the other’s person’s shoes (or scrubs/hospital gown) is a good mental exercise for each one of us.