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The “Ordinary” Superheroes: Doctors

We’ve seen the bat, stripes, and ridiculously tight spandex outfits that these guys wear, yet we’ve become accustomed to calling these guys superheroes. Sometimes it makes one wonder if there are any superheroes amongst us everyday people – oh wait, there are. They don’t wear any silly capes or have any heroic taglines, but they do don a white coat and usually greet people with a, “How are you feeling today?” They’re called doctors.

Have you ever had a near-death experience or emergency, only to find yourself racing to the emergency room? Or have you ever been hit with that nasty flu days before your vacation, desperately wanting it to go away?We all know that when we’re feeling under the weather, we can pay a doctor a visit, receive medication, and expect to be feeling better within a few days. Often times, once fully recovered, we just get up and carry on with our lives. How many times have we stopped to show thanks towards our doctor though? Don’t take good health care for granted and show your doctor or healthcare superhero your gratitude on March 30th, which is National Doctor’s Day.

Initiated in 1933 by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, Doctor’s Day is set as a day to recognize the hard work and contributions of doctors on the lives of people. March 30th is the designated date for Doctor’s Day because it marks March 30, 1842, the date of the first administration of ether anesthetic for surgery by Crawford W. Long, M.D. The history of Doctor’s Day just shows how profound an impact doctors have on the health care industry, with medical milestones such as the aforementioned revolutionizing medical practices.

Doctor’s Day is a great time for patients to show their appreciation for their family doctor or any specialized healthcare professional they may be seeing. Individuals and staff in the healthcare industry can also take the opportunity on Doctor’s Day to celebrate and show their mentor, supervisor, or co-workers their gratefulness. If you are wondering how you can thank your doctor, appreciation and gratitude can be shown through gift ideas such as a personalized doctors gift, a Doctor’s Day card, or a simple in-person “Thank you, doctor.” Words and acts of appreciation can go a long way, and these things will really let a doctor or medical professional know that his or her efforts are acknowledged and welcomed.

We would like to hear from you. In what way has a doctor made a significant difference in your life or in that of a loved one? Or what was your most memorable encounter with a doctor? Leave a comment below!

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