Monday, June 28, 2010

Could someone direct me to the OR?

I start my anesthesiology residency tomorrow. My medicine internship is finished. I ended with two weeks of nights. I thought about writing when it was all over, but frankly, I was too fucking tired. I stuck a note on the call room door for the incoming interns...

Sicker patients than this have survived dumber doctors than you.

And with that, I was done.

I stopped by the new hospital the other day to drop off the last bit of my anesthesia paperwork. I managed to park a full seven blocks from the office where I needed to be. When I finally found the elevators, I couldn't figure out which floor the anesthesia department was on. A housekeeping employee explained to me that since I was looking for room 1408, I was probably headed to the 14th floor. She asked if I was new. When I said yes, she asked, "Which department?" I could almost hear her under her breath, Please don't say housekeeping, please don't say housekeeping...

On the 14th floor, I stumbled into the Chairman's suite. His secretary directed me to the clearly marked education office that I had walked right past to bother her.

On my back out of the hospital, when the high pitched beeping started and security appeared, I looked up from my phone to read, Emergency Exit: Alarm will Sound.

Tonight, Blake suggested that we ride together tomorrow. I readily agreed. Mostly because I think it's only a matter of time before housekeeping and security have a drink and get to talking...and then I won't be allowed to go to work unaccompanied by a sighted companion or specially trained dog.

5 comments:

.j.william. said...

congratulations! and good luck.

Eric said...

I have those days far more often than I care to admit. I also find myself standing in the walk-in a lot, wondering just what the hell I went in there for.

Congratulations on finishing!

Maria said...

Wait until you accidentally lock yourself into the morgue. Not that this happened to me or anything...just sayin'.

MmeBenaut said...

Congratulations little one. The new hospital will get used to you; it is they that will need to adapt. Just go your merry way love and don't worry about the collateral damage.

MmeBenaut said...

Just checking in to say "hi'. Hope that you've come up for some air along the way sweetie.