No, I’m not a vampire, thanks

Since starting residency and having to be the one to get “hard sticks” I realized I have developed the habit of eyeing up people’s necks to see if they have a good external jugular veins. It’s not just in the ED either, but in the cafeteria, on the street, on TV (the character’s on Grey’s Anatomy would all make excellent candidates). A beautiful woman walks down the street and I struggle as to where to look…. at her neck or at her eyes (cough cough).  I worry someone is going to think I’m a vampire one of these days.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on October 10, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Oh well, reminds me of the time when I was out at lunch with this girl who used to work out, and I kinda messed it up when of all things, I appreciated how big the veins of her hands were. Unsurprisingly, she was creeped out beyond measure (being a non medic) and we never broke bread together ever again…


    Happens to us all… I had a colleague who used to rate the veins sticking out on people’s hands/neck out of 10. Unfortunately, when it came to the real world business, he got stuck with the worst lot…

  2. Haha, I heard this happens often with medical training. Hopefully you don’t get too many strange looks.

  3. The Paramedic's Perspective

    I’ll admit it… I don’t stare at EJs, but I stare at hand veins. My fiancee has BEAUTIFUL veins. Sometimes when we hold hands I catch myself feeling them with my thumb. (The one time I had to take her to the ER and she got a stick, I have to say I was a tiny bit jealous of the RN).

    Then again during my morgue rotation I stared at all the fresh meat and got hungry, so maybe I *am* a vampire…

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