Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

3Mar/07Off

Poor Me

I was grabbing dinner, feeling sorry for myself that I have to studying for exams (I know, life is hard) when I overheard a woman named Miko talking to her friend CJ.

Miko and CJ were in their late 20's. CJ never quite grew out of the "goth-punk-star-wars-nerd" phase when he was in high school, while Miko never quite grew out of the "angsty-asian-girl-with-red-streaks-in-her-hair-listening-to-NIN". You all know who I'm talking about. I think CJ was just stoked to be with a girl, so he let her do most of the talking (As the angsty spiky-haired asian girls usually did).

Anyway, as I was sitting around waiting for my fries Miko started talking about the people that really made it from her high school. One went to ITT tech and is now an IT sysadmin at a local company. The other got promoted from waiter to bartender at Olive Garden. She was trying to make a pass at both of them, but apparently they turned her down because she gained weight between her high school days (90 pounds) and now (at my best estimate, 190). CJ was obviously uncomfortable hearing her talk about other men, but seemed too much of a pushover to do anything about it. The other success stories were the valedictorians, both of whom were pregnant and hitched to lawyers. Good on 'em.

I realized all of a sudden that I live in a totally different world now. The people who make it in medicine go on the lecture circuit and have mansions. The people who don't still make 6 figures. By Gray's Anatomy* standards, you'd think that we have to fight people off of us at bars, not make passes at the bartenders.

Back to studying for me. Sometimes you just need a reality check.


*I'm really starting to hate that show.

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  1. You know, I was just thinking the same thing. After I walked out of the Micro test yesterday thinking of how much work the preparation and what a ride it took me for, I sat down and, after a while, started listening to one of the conversations that was taking place in the lobby.

    A case manager was talking two young parents through the series of appointments that their infant daughter was going to need in light of her recent leukemia diagnosis. They were clearly devastated, but also impressed at the work that the case manager had done to make their appointment series as easy to manage as possible.

    Sometimes you do need a smack across the face to get you to see the forest for the trees…


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