I was talking to my father yesterday about all the young stroke patients on my service. He was like, "That's so depressing! I don't know how you could work in a depressing field like rehab!"
"I think your field is WAY more depressing than rehab," I said. (He's a psychiatrist.) "I remember I cried on the first day of my psych rotation because I felt so sorry for my patients. At least on rehab, I mostly get patients who are on the road to recovery. A lot of them do really well and it's very uplifting to see that."
Dad: "I guess that's true..."
Me: "I mean, isn't EVERY field in medicine inherently kind of depressing sometimes?"
Then we brainstormed to think of a field of medicine that was never depressing and we couldn't.