Monday, April 22, 2013

Family Medicine Activist: Boston Fatigue

#HAWMC Day 19

The bombs near the finish of the Boston Marathon on April 15 add a weight on the heart of all Americans.  "Why?" is an important question.  Whatever the answers, we may still wonder in our hearts, "Why?"

It's like carrying a bowling ball on your back.  It'll drag you down a bit, but you can't see it.  You and I will feel the effect weeks from now and wonder, "Why am I not sleeping well?  Why can't I focus?"

As a Family Physician, I usually see two people every day with fatigue.  For the next few weeks, it could easily be three or four .  We will share a national fatigue for a while.  Then, will we forget? Or do we reconcile the killings and maiming with other losses and griefs, slowly blurring Boston into a mental file with JFK's assassination, Watergate, 9/11, Oklahoma City, Iraq, Pearl Harbor?

Can we find a way to separate out and grieve this episode of loss, finding a way to honor the meaning of the Boston Terrorist attack and the response thereto?

The Boston Marathon will be different next year.  Patriot's Day will be different in Boston next year.  By then, the fatigue will be gone for most of us.  For the next few weeks, let's remember why we have the fatigue- The Boston Fatigue- and be thankful that our hearts can't hide from human suffering.

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