I’ve spent a lot of time and energy over the past several years working very hard to accomplish everything that I can from a professional standpoint. It’s an evolutionary process. Eighty-plus hours a week actively trying to create and grow a veterinary practice that spawned from a, hopefully now dying, traditional emergency practice model- one that looked after the interests of surrounding general practitioners at the expense of patient care and client satisfaction.
The development and implementation of this novel practice model didn’t take much; alienation from my professional counterparts locally as I began to “compete” with their more traditional practices, the financial risk to step outside the box, and the distance I felt between myself and my friends and family as I became physically and emotionally irrelevant. Fortunately, my practice has taken rapid flight and my wife and my kids now have their husband and father back so I’m less inclined to write about that. My newer associates are experienced and have the ability to see the world from my same fishbowl and so I now can live more free. (If you want to hear more about our unique patient and client-centric twenty-four hour model go back to the main site and read more about us. I hope that my philosophy will spread.)
As a result of this new found time (I’m down to sixty-ish hours), and my obtuse and often “preachy” personality, I decided to spend some of my spare moments writing, and what better way to present my sermon than through an emotionally challenging blog. At Its inception and design I decided that there was no way that I was going to write another blog centered around the warning signs for your pet’s impending doom from some obscure but apparently very common disease, the education of the public about how we as veterinarians know what’s best for your pet as an expert and animal advocate, or something written from the perspective of an emotionally tired and weary caregiver.
Instead, I wanted to write about the anatomy and physiology of the soul. The primal instincts that make us who we are and decide to do the things that we do in everyday life. My goal is to unravel the human emotional experience from an anthropological and sociological perspective, commingle with the social sciences so to speak. As I do so, I attempt to see things from other perspectives and better understand my own; “climb in his skin and walk around in it.” At best, I may actually only achieve an ethnography of the Nacirema tribe, but I’m going to give it a whirl.
Unfortunately, as a professional that deals with the ins and outs of clinical disease on a day-to-day basis I know far too well what makes patients with certain problems continue to tick and what makes the clock stop for others. As a result, much of my inspiration for this blog will inevitably come from actual cases and real people that I am exposed to in my practice and we, as veterinary professionals and human beings, will inevitably come across as the bad guys in some of these cases, especially to those incapable of seeing things from a non-utopian perspective. Occasionally, I will legitimately be the bad guy and I will have to evolve my perspectives and actions as I attempt to unravel the flaws in my own character.