Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Glory that Comes by Itself

Good Wednesday to all. I hope everybody is having a great week.
I apologize for not been able to write in quite a few days. I haven't been feeling good. But overall I'm doing fine. Is just some of "those" days.
Helping others is a blessing. Regardless of profession, political views, or religion it is a blessing. It is an gratifying and humbling experience to be able to impact somebody's life. If we all would decide to help others and to be of blessing to at least one person a day, this will definitely be a better world.
Throughout my recovery I have become in contact with many people. Those are providers, caregivers, friends, among others. Some have impacted my life in a positive way, taking pride of their role in life. This is the people that put themselves second to the patient or client. Those providing selfless acts are the ones that eventually will stand up above the crowds.
It makes me sick when I see providers that are too concerned on what name are they going to make. Always looking for that opportunity to shine. Those are the ones that you will see upset, reflecting their negative emotions on the patients. Plus, those self centered people are the ones think that everything is a This should never happen in any health care system. All systems military and non-military should be values based and costumer centered.
The keywords to stand above the crowd is compassion and care. Just by listening carefully to the patient and trying to understand what they are going thru, makes a difference. Many times during appointments all I want to do is have somebody to listen to me, somebody to talk to. That brings a special relationship between my providers and I. Those are the ones that by caring and being compassionate get the best results. In my opinion, it is very important to establish that connection, especially with brain injury patients. Many times all we want is to feel the support, as it is very encouraging. I am blessed that my rehabilitation team is like that. They are always adapting to the present situation based on my needs at the moment.
Self centered providers will never have that connection with the patients as the lack of sincerity is almost visible. They will never get the most out a patient with brain injury. I have had providers like that before and it felt like I was a problem to them. All they were concerned was about the "injury" alone and not about the "injury" and "me". Selfish providers bring so much negativity to the healing process as its hard for the patient to feel he's been listened.
Imagine how this feels for a Soldier. We never get to put ourselves first. We always have to put ourselves second. Second to the Nation, the citizens, the mission, our unit, and our subordinates. We don't get the option to put ourselves first. Being selfish as a Soldier is setting ourselves for failure.
Many of our most important events in history are achieved by humble and selfless people. And "yes" they wrote history.
My message is: always put yourself second to your patients. Be compassionate and care about them. You will see that the "glory" will come by itself. One life you touch positively makes a world of a difference.
Thank you.
See you soon.


  1. All, I think, anybody ever really wants is to be treated with kindness and respect and like a human being. This makes ALL the difference in healing and getting results. However, "should" and reality are two very different things. When you get a good practitioner who really cares, you know it.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful post, Mr. Medina. What you said about regardless of profession, political views or religion it should not matter as it really makes no difference when it comes to being of assistance to your fellow human being. It is because of our soldiers, we are Free to choose what religion, political view and profession we like. Sometimes people forget that. I do not believe in war, but I will ALWAYS support, honor, love and respect ALL of our soldiers who have fought, been wounded or paid the ultimate price.

    When it comes to the health care industry, one must have compassion and treat the patient as a whole; mind, body and soul as it is all important in the healing process. I believe some people who never had to face real and true adversity in their lives do not understand or realize that they lack compassion because they have nothing to weigh it against. Or they hate the adversity and become what they hate. This can lead them to being self-centered, arrogant, acting on anger and other negative characteristics, but they do not even know it. I have pity for people like this. I do not have pity for people like you. The world needs more people like you! May God Bless you and your loved ones always.

    Death is more universal than life because everyone dies but not everyone truly lives.

  3. WOW WOW WOW!!! You write some of the best stuff! I am so proud to had you as a freind.
    Keep up the great work Victor. We are truly blessed to have you in our lifes. Thanks for everything that you do!Hope you are feeling better my friend! Lee

  4. I think that was the problem with Dr Vinod K Panchbhavi, he was so obsessed with trying to make a name for himself. When he heard that a woman had come in with such bad injuries and shattered hands, his only thought was fame. Showing off his supposed skills, which unfortunately were only in his head. I have also come across many other so called Consultants, who are so obsessed with what they think they know, but actually 'know',very little. Another problem is that every now and then you get one bad Dr at a crucial point in your care, that has a sick attitude and thinks everyone is lying or exaggerating their situation. To what end, I don't know. But one of these individuals on your path to 'wellness' is a spanner in the works. Their 'sad' attitude reflected on your record, means the next professional either goes away with the same impression, or is too frightened to 'put their head above the parapet' and question the last Dr. So it goes on, in 21st Century Healthcare in the Western World. But you have to push on, and hope that you will get 'the one' that will see you and hear you, one day. It only takes one!