The hustle bustle, the chaos of the daily life, splattered blood on the floor and big blobs of Potassium Permanganate scattered all around –Yes this is the Emergency Room or fondly called the ER. The daily commotion of the ER and its speed of treating patients is what makes it the most critical yet exciting area of the hospital. It must sound preposterous to some, to call a Department or award with critically ill patients as ‘exciting’, but a Doctor’s point of view says much different. The thrill of cut and the joy of recovery – both are felt by the doctor at the same time, Blissful as I may call it. In the ER, you must work then and there –provide the patient with the first and foremost help required and as said by the book of Love and Bailey – ‘The Golden Period decides the quintessential treatment required by the patient ’. But is it really all that rosy and sparkly as it seems? Every cloud might have a silver lining- but every cloud has a time when it bursts too. Same could be said with a doctor – A little delay of the seconds, a little inappropriately the body reacts and whoop- the case becomes critical than ever. How the doctor deals with the patient at that time, how he puts his extreme hard work of medical studies into actual treatment and how he manages to save the patients life is the real ball game. Unconscious, yet aware subconsciously how much pain the patient is going through – the doctors know it all. They might not be emotionally involved with everyone but yet the patient’s pain is their pain and the patient’s anguish is their anguish. And theoretically, everything is laid down on the books – which Medicine is first, which injection is second, when to push your chest for CPR and when to call time of death. And amongst all these battles with life – only one thing remains out of control of the patient –a deterration from the normal and even the abnormal. What if a patient reacts a way not mentioned in any Medicine books? What if the patient shows a symptom or sign never seen before –then what? Do we blatantly blame the doctor or feed our superstitious belief that God has planned so. Patients maybe mum at the time of crisis but the ones who love him/her are the real sufferers here. They want to do so much- and yet are helpless there. And there at that moment all their hopes, dreams, wishes lie on the doctor- and he is wilfully made the God. But also with that, lies the blame, the resentment, and the accusations – and if nature takes a call where the Doctor is unable to do anything even though he tried everything to his best of abilities –he is made a demon.
The ER has a million stories every day, millions of hopes and hues and cries of hurting people. It shows how the doctor rushes to the patients help, it shows what medicines are given during emergencies, it should how a person who has ingested poison can be saved – what it doesn’t show is the Pressure of the doctor,what it doesn’t show is the extreme burden of putting his treatment to use in a way that it shows results,the burden of handling a living human life in hand and most of all,the burden of letting down the patient and above all –himself.
A doctor isn’t merely a white coat human with a stethoscope. A doctors experience is way more than words can explain. He wakes up early in the morning or possibly after only 2 hours of sleep after a night shift, then gets ready and on his toes for the next 10-12 hours. Crying, mourning and pain is what he sees every day. He doesn’t have a sunlight showing him joyous things all day long. He doesn’t have flowers and butterflies and wall pictures. What he has is a solution- to heal people’s wounds. To make the best of his potential and treat that ulcer, and cure that chest pain. He works and works till the removes the word PAIN from patients’ dictionaries. He doesn’t mean harm – he only means well and truth. And the truth lies in the very basic fact that – LIFE AND DEATH ARE CONTROLLED BY SOME EXTERNAL FORCE THAT CANT BE ELUCIDATED and a doctor can trade his own life for the life of his patient but that’s all he can do. He can work and work and work harder to heal the pain, the sufferings the torture and turmoil born by the patient and his family – what he can’t do is compete against the undeciphered External Force of Nature and have a victory over it.
Lastly would like to quote – “The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another world. It requires profound purpose, larger than the self-kind of understanding.”