The sky is the limit

From the team prayer in the morning until packing up supplies in the afternoon, my day was filled with excitement. After I saw a greater amount of patients waiting for our arrival, I knew it was going to be a special day.

Before today, if someone were to tell me to take a patient's blood pressure, I would say something along the lines of "I don't think my reading would be accurate" or "I don't really know how to". That was, until this morning, I got assigned the role of taking vital signs (blood pressure, body temp, heart rate) on our busiest day thus far! The moment I heard this, I thought about the saying that a child will learn to swim by himself if he is thrown straight into the pool. Instead of switching positions with someone, I decided to accept the challenge and face my fear. As the day progressed, I got better and better, and towards the end, I was so into it that I was not ready for the clinic day to end!

I can confidently say that today I grew as a person and became more positive in my clinical skills, which would not be possible if I did not step up to the challenge. Sometimes we have to be pushed to our limits so we can get out of our comfort zone: which is exactly what happened to me. A moment like this  is valuable and it is a milestone I will always remember.

-Shivam Patel


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