Let’s Good Week-Bad Week this.
Good Week– my supervisor was not being around, allowing me so much freedom.
Bad Week– Monday. And part of Wednesday. Which resulted in Thursday, crying over About Time because a good cry was called for.
But let’s not talk about crappy things because I went home for the weekend and that was good. I have about 10 days left in JB before I go back and I am so thankful for that. What I’m not thankful for is that ALL 10 days are working days because I’m on call for the whole of this weekend. So yes, no days off.
but 10 days! 10 DAYS!
oh wait, it’s 9 days because I’m leaving on Wednesday.
Segway into something I want to talk about that came up towards the end of last week.
A friend of mine, not from medical school, brought up a concern about medical staff being apathetic towards their patients because of the nature of our work. My knee-jerk reaction was to get miffed.
(the usage of that gif is not in context of the show at all but whatever)
No, I did not bite my friend’s head off. I think the statement was coming from a place of concern because my blabber mouth and I were running on and on about the trauma cases we see in ED in my last rotation, and how we preferred bloody things as compared to the ‘run of the mill’ cases of heart attacks and fainting spells. Taken out of context (much like that gif of Ann and Leslie fighting), we can seem like the worst people on the planet.
And I guess at some level, we’re all kinda nuts. But the medical profession, or vocation rather, regardless of whether you’re a nurse, a doctor, a radiology technician, or a ward assistant, is meeting people at their lowest point, or at their most vulnerable. That means you get people who are worried, overly emotional, angry, crying, stubborn, and everything in between.
Apathy is something that can develop in a high-pressured environment. You become irritated because you don’t have time for yourself or your family, or you’re being shouted at by a superior. I watch interns being screamed at on the regular, I see nurses being scolded, and sometimes medical students get caught in the crossfire too. It’s not a pretty environment to be in, a lot of the time.
I get where the apathy would come from. Sometimes you see too much, or you’ve been too involved at some point and gotten burned as a result of it, that you close yourself off. Sometimes it’s easier to not ‘care’ as much. While I may say us medical students get more excited when something bloody comes in, I don’t mean we don’t care about the people who come in with non-visible injuries. I won’t lie, blood is very attractive because it’s what you always see on TV. But that doesn’t mean we don’t respect and show the same amount of care for the person who collapsed due to a stroke.
Out of all the people in a hospital, I think medical students have the most time to chat with patients and to reach out a hand of comfort. It’s not that everyone else doesn’t want to, it’s because they have zero time. Most people in a hospital are not apathetic, they’re just really stressed up and tired. It’s unfortunate because most of them truly give a damn about the people they’re treating.
That came off as a bit of a rant, didn’t it?
SO. ANYWAY, have a good week ahead! xx
*Edit: This is such a good talk because I just got back together with my ex, Mr Procrastination