Archive October 2017 XVIII, No. 10

Behind Closed Doors: 4 Signs It's Going to Be a Great Day

Sometimes you just know that the road will rise to meet you.

Paula Watkins

Paula Watkins

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thumbs up THUMBS UP Some days, you're up on top of the world.

Some days you'd be better off calling in sick or dead. Yet other days you just know it's going to be a great day. The signs are here, there and everywhere.

1Primo parking. I pull into the parking deck and there's an empty spot in one of the first 30 spaces. If there's no parking there, I drive straight to the top floor, where there are always parking spaces. I can park right in front of the elevators and the security camera. I don't care that there are multiple spaces on floors 2 and 3. Besides, if there's an earthquake, my car will be on top of the heap and it'll be easier to get it off.

2Easy entry. The keypad allows me access into the hospital on the first try. The code is supposed to be changed quarterly. It's not. Usually I have to enter the code 3 times before it will unlock the door. If it doesn't, then I'm locked out and I have to either go through the ER (which creeps me out with all the bodies in the hall because there aren't enough slots). Or as a last resort to get in, I have to walk around to the front of the hospital and go through the lobby.

3There are scrubs in the cabinets. Not just scrubs, but scrubs that actually fit you. I have an assortment of various size safety pins in my locker to pin up the XXXX-Large pants and shirts. Looking at the opposite side of the size chain, we have a scant few who wear XXXX-Small scrubs. Thirty years ago, you had munchkins working in the OR. But not now. Those munchkins have become the petite chubbettes. We can get very irritated having to wear every size but our own.

4You draw your favorite room. You luck out when you look at the procedure monitor and see where your next assignment is. You walk into your favorite room, where everything you could possibly need is stocked and ready. The circulator you're relieving has worse OCD than you could ever hope to have and she's leaving you with a perfectly prepared room. You've got your favorite CRNA, and your scrub tech is so good, she could do your job, anesthesia's job, her own job and still have the ability to advise the surgeon with subliminal suggestions so that it doesn't take all night to do an ORIF on this little piggy toe before we all go wee, wee, wee all the way home. You finish your EMR as the last stitch is going in and Saint Scrub Tech has every dressing possible. Recovery doesn't put you in a holding pattern before you can land your patient there. The surgeon thanks everyone by name. What a way to end a perfect day in the life and time of surgery. OSM

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