The doctor-patient relationship is unique when treating infertility. There’s an intense period of diagnostic tests, counseling, frequent visits for blood work, ultrasounds, procedures – and then it’s over. Most of the time it ends on a happy note with couples being shepherded happily pregnant to an OB/GYN who can manage the rest of the pregnancy and delivery.
We eventually get an update – maybe an excited phone call from the hospital, a birth announcement or holiday card, sometimes even an impromptu visit to the office with a newborn. Sometimes we find out what happened when we collect the data we must
“Medicine is a humbling profession.” I must have heard that once, but I can’t remember where. Just a single line dropped nonchalantly somewhere along the way of 11 years of postgraduate medical education. At the time it was one of those things you hear, know is important and profound, but won’t be able to fully appreciate for many years. Maybe it was the curmudgeonly, bearded psychiatrist during medical school after failing to convince a judge that a psychotic patient should be committed in Kings County Hospital’s infamous “G Building.” Or the seasoned surgeon after managing a rare complication to a
What is ‘resiliency’? According to the American Psychological Association, resiliency is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences”.
Resiliency is not ‘a trait’ that we inherit. It is a combination of behaviors, thoughts, and actions aimed at coping specifically for you. Going through infertility can be very difficult emotionally and learning resiliency skills can help you get through this trying time. Hopefully your journey will be successful and