Just found this blog, intueri, via Codeblog. Really awesome stories. This post shares a different perspective and philosophy about frustration in medicine. Ironically, it was posted the same day as my infamous “Ketoblogosis” Post.
And maybe healthcare workers feel frustration with the free will of patients because we are simply trying to make ourselves feel better. It is about the patient, but maybe it is a little more about us. If we can control the blood pressure, then we can prevent damage to the other organs in the body—we will have saved the eyes, the kidneys, the lungs, etc. And we will know that we did the right thing, that we have sided with the clearly delineated space of virtue. And since we are on the side of virtue, we cannot be at fault.
Perhaps we are buoyed by this sense of righteousness.