Yes, I am a military physician, and yes, I am a home business entrepreneur. And yes, I love both of my careers very much. It does make for long days sometimes, but as I have written about in the past, it gives me options. Will I always be a doctor? I don’t know, but if I do, it will be on my terms, practicing when I want to practice and working the hours that I want to work. Sometimes, I do have the thoughts of going the business route full time, but then a little gem of an experience brings me right back.
For instance, a couple of weekends ago, I was working at the Miramar Airshow. For those of you that are not from San Diego, this is one of the biggest events of the year in this city. I do believe that over a million people crossed the gates of MCAS Miramar over the 3 days of the airshow this year, but I have not seen the final statistic. Regardless, there were a crapload of people on our base to watch some fantastic aviation demonstrations.
So, I am just chilling in medical on my Saturday shift of the weekend and all of a sudden we start having people roll in one after another. Now, you must understand that medical is there at the airshow to serve as a triage point, and if anyone needs further definitive care, they are transported to the nearest hospital. We did not set up a mini urgent care type clinic or anything like that, as was done in years past. Basically, triage and mass casualty situations are why we were there. That’s it. Back to my story….
As I am sitting there watching these people come in, a little boy is being carried in the arms of his father through the front doors of our medical area. (As a quick side note, taking care of kids is one of the best, and scariest, parts of being a physician.) So I watch him get his vitals and get brought back to a bed. I see all of this happen quickly, and I walk over to start evaluating what’s going on. It ends up that this tiny guy was 4 years old and cute as a button. After finding out that his favorite airplanes were “the Blue Angels”, I turned to his dad to see what had happened. He proceeded to tell me that his son had passed out in front of him, for about 5 seconds.
As a physician, when you hear of anyone “passing out” (the medical term is called syncope) and know that it was actually witnessed by another person, you need to get that individual evaluated immediately, especially when it’s a cute as hell kiddo. So, I called over to the paramedic for a transport and the little stud and his father were on their way to the local children’s hospital.
When you are having a bad day and something like this comes along, you feel awesome. It makes all of the long days and constant studying worth it. Any healthcare provider reading this knows that what I did wasn’t rocket science. It was just basic triage, but it still felt good. I was able to provide some value into this family’s life, and it was freakin’ amazing.
The same is with business. When I am able to teach someone a skill, such as how to make a blog or make a capture page or generate traffic to their site…it is a great feeling. Watching them succeed with the skills that they learned from me is similar to taking care of that 4 year old boy. When you give without expecting anything in return, you will be wealthier (in more ways than one) than you could ever imagine.
Until next time…
Dr. Timothy Lawler
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