Month: November 2012

Yawn…….

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Patient: Sleepydoc, I believe I have a disease called ‘fatigue’.

Sleepydoc: No, I believe you are suffering from a terrible disease called ‘laziness’. Stop being lazy and SEIZE THE DAY!!!!

Dear Diary…….

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Dear Diary……..I wonder if I am supposed to be able to solve everyone’s problems and mine at the same time.

I have to keep the patients healthy and also listen to a colleague personal struggles. There is only so much one person can do.

Maybe I should stop doing emergency medicine and start doing psychiatry.

What I really want to tell some people including patients is….’Get out there and find something that makes you happy!!!!’
I don’t believe that is a difficult concept.

Life is simple, people are the ones who complicate it.

Burnout…..

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I always hear my other colleagues in the ER complain about how tired they are, and how stressful the job is.

I don’t think being a doctor is easy. It is a lot of work. You have a job that requires so much from you. And you need to be there, treat patients, fill out notes, counsel families. Sometimes you may need to be sheriff and deputy in the department.

But, I also think that as a doctor, there needs to be some sort of work-life integration.

We need to take care of ourselves.

One trick I pull to ‘pretend’ as though I have a regular schedule is to go to the gym only during the week. I also go to the grocery during the week. Therefore I leave my weekends free for any down time with family and friends. Of course I will probably also have to go to the hospital. But that should be for a few hours, after which I can focus on something else to do.

Most importantly, whenever I feel extremely burnout, I take a vacation STAT. I go off somewhere…….europe…..UK….caribbean.

Treat yourselves docs. We have earned it.

Trying not to laugh out loud!!!

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I always wonder whether my drunk patients realize how silly they acted while in the ER.

From the cursing to the thrashing about. Do they realize that they have to go out and face the world tomorrow.

I mean, you decide to get drunk, challenge someone bigger than you to fight. Smash your hand through a glass window. Suffer several lacerations. Stumble into the ER at 4am cursing everyone. Then pass out in a chair.

Are these people serious…….