Physician, Grieve Thyself True

  • Tamara L. Gayle
    Address correspondence to Tamara Gayle, MD, MEd, MPH, 111 Michigan Av NW, Suite M4800, Washington DC, 20010.
    Hospital Medicine, Children's National Hospital and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (TL Gayle), Washington, DC
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Published:October 11, 2022DOI:
      Rounds started that winter day with a familiar conversation. This family's daughter would require another platelet transfusion for the care team to proceed with a necessary procedure. Platelet transfusions are discussed numerous times on daily rounds without me having a second thought. Yet that day, these basic clotting cells summoned a tsunami of emotions and elicited vivid memories of my brother's last weeks of life. Daily reminders of routine issues from my brother's care brought about recollections with countless emotions to sort through a loss I previously could never have fathomed. As I processed this unexpected reaction, I realized this would be a long-term complication of being a physician


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