Welcome to The Sleep Clinic where sleep specialist Dr. Robert Vermeer walks eyes wide shut into the trap of American medicine. Victimized by greedy, ambitious colleagues, nurses and hospital administrators, Vermeer has to resist assault afterMoreWelcome to The Sleep Clinic where sleep specialist Dr. Robert Vermeer walks eyes wide shut into the trap of American medicine. Victimized by greedy, ambitious colleagues, nurses and hospital administrators, Vermeer has to resist assault after assault.Robert anguishes and is mystified over repeatedly finding himself as a hapless victim of circumstances beyond his control.
He does not realize that being the earnest and inspired person he is, will not protect him from the treachery of evil people. Robert is the innocent Lamb slaughtered as sacrifice. Yet, Robert does not leave the Garden of Gethsemane. There Robert remains, unresolved as to what is really going on around him, where he fits into the scheme of things and what he must do to be and ‘stand tall’ for the giant he really is. And that is also what the Spirit of Care theme is all about – the price of being truthful and honest in the face of a world of ‘appearances.’ Over and over, Robert lies to himself about how idealized and compartmentalized his little life can be.
When confronted by the liars and hypocrites inside his workplace, Robert is not only too late smart, he is also remiss in at least affirming himself to himself. He does not testify to himself that, at whatever the cost, he could never betray himself and be someone he is not. Ultimately, though, we care about Robert because he is like each and every one of us, as he struggles to discern what choices to make and the values he stands for.Interwoven throughout the story is a sleep disorder education, using cases of actual patients.