I have said before, and I'll say again, medicine is humbling if nothing else.
I take care of a lot of bottom of the barrel patients. No job, no money, no personality, no life skills, no motivation. Sometimes no hygiene. What I am realizing more and more is that a lot of these people have no one in the world that gives a $* about them.
It's really sad.
Some of these people are hard to like. Their kids don't like them, their spouse doesn't like them, their neighbors don't like them, their employer doesn't like them. Heck, I don't like them.
But sometimes, I'm the only person in their corner. The only person pulling for them in this great big world.
And so, tho I don't like them, I can still care about them, and what happens to them. I can't fix their odor (tho I try), poverty, or crappy home life. But I think they know that I care, and I think it makes a difference for them.
And I'm humbled by that.