Thursday, January 15, 2009

An Awkward Moment

Ward rounds this morning in hospital with Komrade Konsultant. I am as usual performing my Oscar-winning routine of acting awake whilst actually falling asleep on the nearest comatose patient's bed. Then Komrade Konsultant's cardiac arrest pager goes off.

Everyone freezes. I snap wide awake. Ooh, a cardiac arrest! Surely he'll take some of us poor medical students along, right? Finally, I get to see if it's actually like E.R. or Grey's Anatomy. I grab my stethoscope, close my folder and almost kick some old lady's wheelchair over in my rush to get to the door--

--and Komrade Konsultant turns his pager off, tosses it back into his pocket and turns back to the patient's folder, saying:

"Cardiac arrest? Screw that, I haven't even had my Starbucks yet."


Gives you real faith in the hospital system doesn't it?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

lol, you have to take your hat of to him..

x

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Ack!!

Fiz said...

A bit worrying!

DrShroom said...

who wants a consultant at a cardiac arrest anyway...

Ms-Ellisa said...

Yeah...

Sucks a bit, doesn't it?

The question is- did any of your fellow medical students agree with him?

ananddave said...

u noe...dat picture of the surprised dog...actually looks abit like u...roflol

Indian Medic said...

Got to agree with Dr. Shroom, Consultants are more of a liability on the scene of an arrest... personal experience!! Often, they ask to be filled out on the details of the patient while u are pumping away at his chest, so they dont blunder while letting the next of kin know that the pt has crashed and may not make it!!!

tracy said...

Hummmmm, well, that's, ah...interesting. Let's get to the good stuff...like how great it is to have another post from you, dear and i l o v e the pic!

Dan said...

that is truly scary. now i know not to have a heart attack in london. It'll be even more useful if you let us know which HOSPITAL you're at so i don't have strike out the whole of london from my travels!

Dr. Deb said...

LOL!

An-Nimr said...

Oh..I'd rather have a heart attack at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza then...the docs there would put this guy to shame.

Melissa said...

ahhh that's how reality works. it bites. like a meany lil mongrel.

hehe. starbucks eh? consultants here would probably say 'teh tarik' instead. lol

Hop3 said...

:) doctors...are just like any other human beings....normal:)

Alex Tang said...

really. LOL

Anonymous, M.D said...

You have to respect a man who knows his priorities. Even if he's an asshat.