Working in the Zone

As has been the case for the past year or two, the individual cases I see are not all that exciting for me anymore.  Rather, its the interaction with my patients and their families that makes or breaks my day.

At the moment, I can’t recall a single diagnosis from any of the patients I saw today, but I do recall the blue man in his 90s who requested a pillow just as I was about to intubate him (I didn’t intubate him).  He was one of a dozen or so patients with whom I chatted and joked, trying to ease their time in the Emergency Room.

While I frequently get little feedback from my sick patients at the time, my easy-going nature usually pays off.

Just yesterday I was buying shoes and a sales person from the other side of the store flew over and said, “I know you! You took care of my father last year when he was in a car accident!”  She told me I did a good job.

I always wonder what people think of me when they see their emergency room doctor, sometimes the doctor that saved their or a loved one’s life, outside the hospital setting…buying shoes for example wearing a t-shirt and bike grease stained jeans.

  2 comments for “Working in the Zone

  1. October 31, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Once I had a patient with whom we shared a mutual friend. When we discovered the connection, she said something very odd to me. It was something to the effect of, “Wow. I’ve never really thought of doctors having normal lives like us.”

  2. November 17, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Aww that is so sweet.

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