Marathon Monday was full of exciting firsts for me: first day of work, first time at the finish line, first ambulance ride, first emergency room visit. I’m glad to report that I am back in action, armed with some essential ER preparedness pointers!
1. Bring something to read. Bring headphones. Bring a nail file. Bring a snack. You’re going to be there awhile.
2. It’s not a pop quiz, it’s a health assessment. Not sure what day of the week it is? Can’t seem to recall your age? It’s okay if you don’t know!
3. Keep your emergency contact and medical info in your wallet. If you have a hospital you prefer (what’s up Brigham and Women’s!), write that down too.
4. Take advantage of the unlimited warm blankets. Being a low priority in the triage system is like getting bumped off your flight. You’ll be waiting for a while, and you should take what you can get. In this case, it’s pretty much just the warm blankets.
5. If you can, have a laugh. ER doctors have serious, stressful jobs (with horrible lighting). Some of them are very cute. They will appreciate a little levity and you will too. It’s not a cocktail party, but a smile or a joke goes a long way.
6. Be grateful! Nobody has to ride with you in the ambulance or spend hours in the waiting room. The hospital staff don’t have to ask about your life and laugh at your jokes.
To that end, I’d like to say thank you to all of my incredible coworkers, friends, and family for your concern and kindness. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to do it again!
Posted by Susannah
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