Sir Wiliam Osler, perhaps the most respected and esteemed medical teacher of the last century, wrote, “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy -- indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self-satisfaction.”
Perhaps another, more common source of apathy comes from just giving up. Resignation. As a former physical therapist told me one day, "What you are going through right now is hard. Physical therapy is hard work. And that is why some stroke survivors just drop out of physical therapy and decide that life in a wheelchair is just not that bad."
Acceptance. Life in a wheelchair. Acceptance.
Well, as tempting as that might be, tomorrow I start a new round of physical therapy here at Hilltop House. And there was plenty of apathy to overcome to set this up: Change Medicare address (not a small feat), cancel my HMO advantage plan (a large feat), and re-establish myself as a patient with my Mountain Town doc.
Apathy, Be Gone!