Monday, November 3, 2014

Day 3 - Dance It Out

This morning we experienced an unusual phenomenon in the emergency room... we had no patients for almost two hours... imagine that!  A Monday morning with no patients at all coming in, and all of the rooms empty.

So I started playing music while I worked on some charts...
and the nurses started dancing to
"Low" by Flo Rida

Soon there was laughter and giddiness
throughout the entire staff
this morning...

The music played until suddenly
the ED was full within about 
an hour as ambulances and patients
started showing up en masse...

However, throughout the day, I could occasionally
hear one of the nurses humming the music,
another moving her head to the internal beat
that she alone could hear,
and the ED tech whistling the tune as
he went about his work...

Which is why I love this scene from "Grey's Anatomy"

and the words in it:
We go into medicine because we want to save lives. 
We go into medicine because we want to do good. 
We go into medicine for the rush, for the high, for the ride 
but what we remember at the end of most days are the losses. 

What we lay awake replaying is the pain we caused or failed to cure. 
The lives we ruined or failed to save. 
So the experience of practicing medicine rarely resembles the goal. 
The experience too often is ass backwards and upside down.
- Meredith Grey (Season4, Ep.9-Crash Into Me: Part 1)

Sometimes you just need to dance it out.
To relieve the stress
To get ready for the day
To share a moment devoid of the reality of what we do on a daily basis
To remember we are a team...

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