Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

30Aug/10Off

Just Hanging Out

After a shift the other night, a few of us emergency residents went to go grab a beer.  We've gotten much less interesting lately; last year we would have elaborate dinner parties, hiking trips out to the local mountains, you name it.  Nowadays we try to muster the energy to pour back a cold one before we pass out in our beds.  The news was playing in the bar.

"... multicar pileup on the freeway today," intoned the news announcer, "all 12 injured taken to the local trauma center where we anxiously await news of their health."

I turned to one of the other residents, who was watching the newscast with vague interest in between sips of his drink.

"Anybody hurt?" I asked.

"One broken humerus and some whiplash, is all," he said.

"That's good," I nodded, "Trauma ICU's already pretty full."

"Yep."

We sat, news blaring, and took another sip of beer in silence.

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  1. uh uh I know those times when all you can think about is when will I get a break.
    doesn’t matter that you are not going hikin’ you need the time to hang out!

  2. You guys had elaborate dinner parties during internship?! Good for you! My life is pretty much work-sleep-eat-repeat. On vacation this week, but I know what awaits me when I return.

  3. Dr. Zac, I just finished reading your entire archive and I’d just like to say I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. Hope you find time to write more, your entries are all very enjoyable to read esp for a pre-med like me.

  4. Yes I need the time to hang out, too. Chilling is really important for all.

  5. I also stumbled upon your blog and as a pre-med student in my 3rd year getting ready to apply to medical schools I absolutely love reading about your experiences. It helps with daily challenges and workload knowing I’ll be where you are not too far down the road. I hope you start writing again! I’d love to know what you’re up to.

  6. uh uh I know those times when all you can think about is when will I get a break. doesn’t matter that you are not going hikin’ you need the time to hang out!


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