Saturday, January 19, 2008

Still human...

I don't talk much about work because I figure there are tons of other bloggers out there who are saying pretty much what I'm thinking in a much more eloquent way. However, when I read this particular 2-part post I felt compelled to jot down a few thoughts.

Undoubtedly if you've read any other blogs by healthcare professionals, especially those who work in the ER, you'll have already figured out that we're chronically short-staffed seeing a bunch of people who really are not having emergencies but who have no other form of healthcare and use the ER for their primary care.

We're burned out and short tempered and, for me, alot of the time many things are reduced to how much paperwork has to be done. For example, blood transfusions and moderate sedations are a pain in the butt because you have to fill out so much frickin' paperwork (don't even get me started on people who use the ER for their routine blood transfusions then get made at you because they're going to be admitted and aren't going to be going home right away!). Sadly, even death has become about paperwork.

Rewind to my opening paragraph. When I read the post by DisappearingJohn I found myself with tears in my eyes. Gosh, am I ever glad to find out I'm still human because most days I feel like a robot.

Thank you John!

1 comment:

Frostfire said...

Thank you for sharing the link to Disappearing John's story. It is heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time!