Unstoppable demands, ever rising expectations as to wat a medical care shud provide, the increasing health living standard of care, together coupled with the introduction of advanced and complex treatments all conspire..it might be thought to make doctors busier, might be?No way..its DEFINITELY making our life , tougher. In fact, doctors have always been busy ppl, not all i wud say, but majority. Pls stop comparing the fictitious anecdote of doctors, private doctors charging sky high fees from patients which in reality, only a minute amount are affected. Sir James Paget for example would have to consult more than 60 patients a day sometimes travelling miles away from their bedside. Sir Dominic Corrigan was so busy 150 years ago that he has to make a secret door in his consulting room so that he cud escape from the vast queue of eager patients. Anyway, he’s the guy who came out wit Corrigan’s sign, a physician who well known for his observation in heart disease.
We are all quite familiar with the phenomenon of being hopelessly over-stretched and wanting Corrigan’s secret door. Competing, urgent, and simultaneous demands make carrying out any task all but impossible. A day in a life of a houseman- imagine when u’re trying to put an IV infusion on a shocked patient when there’s a call for u. On ur way to the phone a patient is falling out of bed, being in held in, apparently only by his visibly lengthening catheter (which had taken the house officer an hour to insert). U know u shud stop to help but, instead , u pick the phone and started to tell the sister bout this man dangling from his catheter( knowing that in ur heart the worst thing wud had already happened). But u r suddenly interuppted by a thud coming from the bed of a diabetic elderly lady who jus had her 5 inch diabetic foot lesion being dressed; however it is not her but her visiting husband who collapsed and now having seizures. At this moment ur , another call from another nurse summoning u to for a call of another incoming patient wit angst. In despair, u turn to the Sister, groaning: Hey..wat am i doing here?!There mus be a way outta here!..
At times, like this, we all need Corrigan to take us by the shadow of our hand, and walk wit us through his metaphorical secret door into a calm inner world..
Well, its jus like a cancer where there’s no cure but remedies to make our life to sail more comfortable..Here’s some of the tips tat I can share wit u guys:
First, however lonely and stress u are, u r not usually alone. Do not pride urself on not asking for help. If a decision is a hard one, share it wit a colleague or a staff nurse. I noticed nurses oftenly feel more appreciated if we ask them some questions to help ourselves. Normally, they are more willing to help. Dunno why, but Chinese doctors are majority more well welcomed by the nurses in our hospital settings. Second, take any chances u get to sit down n rest, and hav a cup of coffee wit other members and staff nurses or wit a friendly patient. It is said that patients are sources of renewal, not jus devourers of ur energies. Studying wil be the last thing u gonna do when u r working, according to one of my senior doctors in UMMC.
Third, do not miss meals. All gals pls..EAT! If there’s no time to go canteen, ensure tat food is put aside for u to eat when u can. Hard work and sleeplessness are twice as bad when u r hungry. U may tot of preparing from home jus like most of the FYs are doing when i was in Edinburgh. Fourth, avoid making work for urself. U knoe, sometimes its too easy for young housemen to be trapped in their image of excessive workload and blackmailed by misplaced guilt – so eventually, reclerking history , rechecking for results shud be avoided when priority shud be caring for urself! How can u care for ppl when u r not taking care of urself?!, my A&E consultant once told me this. In A&E, our life comes before patient adding to tat.
Finally, always rmr tat however much busy the ‘on take’ , our period of duty wil finally comes to a dot..Wise quote says Come what come may ; Time and the hour runs through the roughest day