Monday, July 31, 2006
"That is the curse of the human race. Sociability. What Christ should have said was "Yea, verily, whenever two or three of you are gathered together, some other guy is going to get the living shit knocked out of him." Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I'll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call "society." Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home."
Stephen King - The Stand
Last night I was working another shift in the ED (emergency dept) and was once again annoyed by the absolute abuses taking place. It was the night shift lasting from 9 PM till 7 AM, and I was having a relatively good shift. I was working though patients quickly, solving problems, diagnosing, and getting them out the door or to the floor efficiently. Unfortunately, around 3-4 AM the usual folks walked through the door. This is the "It's 3 AM and I have a cold" crew of which I speak. OK, for those of you out there who can relate to these people, you're idiots. These people, who come in all ages and ethnicities, come into the ED in the middle of the night with nothing more than a cold or flu. What's even worse is that these same knobs, if I don't get to them right away because I'm off trying to help someone who actually is sick or dying, get upset and give me attitude because they have to wait for so long. Screw you. First of all, it's an ER, not a restaurant. It is not first come, first serve. If you think so, don't come in the first place because you'll just end up disappointed. And for those of you who do come to see me in the middle of the night with some benign and pathetic complaint, I will still treat you with the same care and professionalism you don't deserve.