Eat Sleep and Make Merry
I remember when first reading The House of God, how present the sex, innuendos and flirtations were on the wards. Reading it at the time, this kinda struck as me as something that has changed in medicine. My experiences up to that point had been all prim and propper. Sure there were whispers of fellow med students hooking up with nurses on away rotations, of residents who hooked up with students in a call room…but these were just stories, rumors, wishful thoughts perhaps. But now, a year into it and almost four months spent in the ICU, there is definitely something to it. The doc is not exactly slipping the panties off Thunder Thighs in the call room in between codes, as House of God might have you believe, but there is definitely this element of carnality to the whole thing. The basic motivations are definitely in play, especially when in the unit. EAT. SLEEP. VOID, SCREW. Things you’d filter when working somewhere else, tend to make it into the daylight. Everything is made out to be just a little bit dirty. And there are certainly a few people who are actually getting a little bit dirty. I’m sure with the call rooms right around the corner things have happened. Some of the nurse are more than happy to volunteer this information too. It’s probably a defense mechanism of some sort, some way of fighting of all the death and sickness, of feeling alive in a way. Some of the nurses have been at this hospital for the past 30 years, and they tell me what it USED to be like… and in comparison, we’ve in fact come a long way.