One of my favourite answers to the question, how are you? Is, 'better than I deserve'.Indeed so. So blimey O'Reilly! Two boxes of Maltesers and a card arrive this afternoon. I blame my mum.
I don't know how many years ago that she started the ritual of buying me boxes of Maltesers at Christmas and birthday time. And now it seems I must have dropped rather a large hint to a patient, that since my dear my mum is no longer with us....I do hope the GMC wouldn't take me to task.
One of the ironies of being a GP is that it is often the patient for whom you have just 'done your job', who is thoughtful and generous enough to send a card or even bring a gift (by the way don't run away with the idea that gifts are frequent!). And anyway I've been in practice for longer than my GP daughter has been alive and already her patients have showered her with more presents than I've received in my career :-)
It is humbling. The patient is clearly grateful and I'm touched. But I guess there are many patients whom I have disappointed or let down in some way. Thankfully they have seldom complained, and for that too I am grateful.
Being a GP is a privilege and a responsibility. I know I will have to make a decision about retirement at some point, but there is so much I will miss. Somethings I can replace. After all I can buy my own Maltersers, but relationships built up with patients and colleagues over years, that'll be much harder.