On my ER shift, a Little Kid’s freaking out about having to get stitches, so I ask him if he can keep a secret? Uh-huh.
Wanna know our SECRET CODE WORD ?
…so I whisper: “Owww!”
Minutes later when Dr. A dabs numbing cream on his wound, the kid yells, “Owww!” So I SHUSH! him about giving away the CODE WORD and he actually giggles – PLUS I get a “trying-not-to-smile-but-I-can’t-help-it” from Dr. A! So it’s a win/WIN of epic proportions! (My Mom would be so proud!)
Then in Triage, ANTHONY shouts at me for taking too many visitors back to see their Mom (c’mon Chan!) which is sooo frustrating! As I’ve said before — working in the ER is a LOVE|HATE situation!
ER Ambivalence –
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WHATEVER!
De-Stressing the stressed (Helps de-stress me too.)
FINDING THE FUNNY + earning a SMILE (Comic timing must be right, otherwise it’s all wrong!)
Appreciation (The “air” volunteers breathe!)
Patient Patients (So rare, I really appreciate them.)
Happy Endings (NOT the kind you’re thinking of.)
Walkie Talkies (Talk about “impersonal!”)
Go To Registration FIRST (It says: “Our money is more important than your chest pains!)
Too many cooks (So many experts – So many opinions!)
Too many rules (And they change every week, truth!)
The odors (Code Brown, need I say more?)
Suffering (Can’t think about it…)
Death (No words…)
Bossy Pants (Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re just being a Buttinsky!)
Frequent Flyers (Gotta give it to ‘em, addicts can be pretty creative.)
Pushy Family Members (They’re just scared and feel helpless.)
Impatient Patients (We all feel that way, right?)