Nutrition Support Blog--“No, YOU Guys Rock!”
May 1, 2012
We recently returned from a Weekend Warrior program in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was our third “On the road” Weekend Warrior program in Canada, and we have been consistently impressed by everyone we have met during all of these programs. It has been a privilege to interact and share our experience with such warm, enthusiastic and knowledgeable peers. Our hosts have been welcoming and gracious, and have clearly invested a lot of energy to make sure that the programs were well-organized and a good experience for all.
On the plane ride(s) home, I was musing about what a wonderful and enriching experience all of our training programs have been. We have met exceptional nutrition professionals from nearly every point on the globe over the past 9 years. The thought of so many people working so hard to help nourish sick people and educate physicians about nutrition (often for marginally livable wages J), is really an uplifting thought about the human condition in general. It has been an honor to share what we have learned over the past 30 years (56 years combined experience now, I think).
We were fortunate beyond measure to have physicians and other healthcare professionals here at the University of Virginia (and elsewhere) willing to invest valuable time to share their education and experience with us. We have strived to be worthy of their time and confidence in us, build on what we have learned, and share this knowledge the best way that we can. Our passion for providing the most current, meticulously scrutinized, unabashedly honest data that is free of commercial influence is our tribute to everyone that has invested in our education.
Our co-workers and supervisors are equal partners in our education efforts, because without their support, none of our programs would be possible. Unfortunately “Murphy’s Law” intervenes with some frequency in the form of staffing shortages, budget crunches, and an explosion of new consults while we are engaged elsewhere--that could serve to threaten our programs if there was not a strong commitment to our programs across the line. It is unfair that we frequently receive the better part of the accolades, when this is clearly a team effort. Reflecting on our programs makes me realize that we do not do enough to give them the credit that they deserve.
I am humbled and honored to get to work with, as well as meet so many wonderful professionals – “Thank You,” just does not quite hit the mark.
In moments of weakness I have despaired about what crazy notion set me to the task of clinical nutrition for the better part of my life. However, when I really think about it, a lifetime of helping to nourish sick people, and teaching how to feed sick people, is not such a bad way to spend your days if called to account for your time here.
Now, if someone could just explain to me how moving the angle of my airplane seat 2 inches somehow makes me or the flight safer, I’ll be completely fulfilled.
“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
--J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring