Health professionals deserve our thanks

Some people make our health their business, and we should be more grateful

Courtney Dickson, Wellness Columnist Ω

Courtney Dickson, Wellness Columnist Ω

Courtney Dickson, Wellness Columnist Ω

There are some professionals in our lives that don’t get thanked often enough. They keep us fed when we can’t do it ourselves, they give us a shoulder to cry on, they help us fight all sorts of battles and they clean up after our messes. Though it sounds like I’m describing mothers (who we should also be grateful for), I’m talking about health and wellness professionals.

From nurses to oral surgeons, to counsellors and yoga instructors, these people have made it their business to make sure the rest of the population is able to face the world with healthy bodies and minds. That is really lovely.

Life is stressful. We all have moments of weakness, be that something as simple as a cold or something as serious as an emotional breakdown that lands a person in the hospital. Either way, there is someone there to help pick up the pieces. While it may be rewarding to know you are helping others in such an important way, it must also be exhausting at times, as no one wants to see fellow humans in trouble. They take our sorrows to heart, and they do all they can to make it all okay.

They’re not only employed by their particular organizations, but also by the public. They are working to make the public happy and healthy, and they do work. Some pull shifts the rest of us couldn’t dream of while others are running multiple classes on opposite ends of town. It’s insane what these people go through to make the lives of others more convenient and enriched.

It’s not only important to recognize those already in the field, but also to those who aspire to take care of the rest of us one day. To those who are working to become a medical or wellness professional: thank you.

We have a large nursing program at TRU full of people who want to help others for a living. While it may sound like just another job, really, it’s a huge burden to bear, and it’s something we should be grateful for. Prior to my discovery of my passion for journalism, I was interested in the world of health and wellness. I pursued that for one whole semester before I realized that that field was not for me.

Taking another’s health (basically their life) into your hands is a huge responsibility. Unlike other programs, people studying health have to retain what they learn throughout their career, they can’t just forget everything post-exam (not that I would ever do that). Not only do they spend their time making bosses and supervisors happy, they also have to answer to the public, and any of us who have worked with the public know that can be trying at the best of times.

While it was something I chose not to pursue, I applaud and admire those who have stuck it out.

Next time you’re at the walk-in clinic, waiting for three hours to see a doctor who might just send you to a specialist out of town anyways, just remember what they are providing for the people in that community: well-being.