Month: February 2013
Started off the shift, took handovers from the previous doctors…….then we realized that two docs on our shift had called in sick……not a good sign.
Then we realized that the critical bay was looking like a scene out of a zombie movie…..patients were falling over each other.
Patients were piling up at triage. Someone was even looking for their teenage son who apparently had wandered off…….he was just outside smoking when we discovered him.
One of my colleague’s drunk patients actually got off his bed and ran screaming through the ER……he ran after the patient and I ran after him to help……..we reached the patient, stabilized him, looked over to each other and just said…….I think we have just lost control of the ER…….
Ever so often you get those patients who always come to the ER for a check-up. It does not matter how many times you explain to them that the ER does not function as an out patient clinic…..they still come back.
I have a male patient who actually comes to the ER to ‘talk’…..usually when he is stressed out. And considering he has two jobs, presently studying, has a kid already and another on the way…..he comes to ‘talk’ once a week. The good thing is he somehow knows when the ER is not busy and that is when he will show up. I listen because I know somehow it helps this patient. And even though I have referred him several times for counseling, he always comes back.
But then we have the really bad COPD smokers who come every week due to problems with their breathing……and my listening to my ‘stop smoking’ advice…….they really try my patience…..
But I am baaaacccckkkkkk………..
Sometimes the ER gets ridiculously rough. The days and nights start to get blurred. I almost forget that I have a life to live past the ER.
It is really important to do other things besides work……or so I keep telling myself. I just have to start practicing that.
To cheer myself up I actually went on a vacay……worked for me very well.
Now……at almost midnight, and I am going back to work. Vacay over.