Every so often, I'll say something negative about medicine, and I get a comment along the lines of:
Remember that you're lucky to even have an education and be able to earn a good living. This is a privileged discussion.
These comments kind of remind me of when you're a kid and your mom plops down some disgusting food like brussel sprouts in front of you, and you don't want to eat it, and she's like, "Other kids don't have food! You're lucky to have food! Would you rather live in [insert name of third world country]?"
No, I wouldn't. But that doesn't change the fact that brussel sprouts taste like crap.
If you go to a restaurant and the food you ordered doesn't taste good, are you not allowed to complain because other people don't have money for food? If the heat goes out in your house in the dead of winter, are you not allowed to complain because at least you have a home?
Are there good things about being in medicine? Yeah, of course. Is it absolutely always wonderful? Of course not. Are there aggravations, as there are in any job? Uh, yeah. Am I allowed to talk about these aggravations online without putting in a disclaimer each time? Last time I checked, I am.
Besides, you'll notice that the vast majority of my weekly whines are not about medicine.