December 01, 2003
Janus

Yesterday constituted my last day in the Durham VA Hospital. I've come to know and respect many of my patients there, but the VA is a taxing place. The paperwork demands there intrude on patient care rather than facilitate it; and, well, it's a government agency.

My hopes that my Sunday would be uneventful never came to be. Suffice it to say that I got perhaps 1.5 hours of sleep.

Worse, I was informed that in spite of my being post-call, I was to report first thing in the morning to Durham Regional and scrub in a case. Being sleep deprived and worn down by the frictions of the VA service doesn't exactly spawn much enthusiasm for being required in an OR across town the next morning, but I went.

Once in though, everything else just melted away. It was just the beep of the monitors, the sound of the bipolar cautery, the ratchet-click of clamps, the simple satisfaction of tying knots. Yes. This is why I chose surgery.

Posted by erich at December 01, 2003 07:56 PM
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