You’re working a shift and the secretary says “someone is here to see you.” You cautiously go up to the front desk and peek around the corner. It’s not a sheriff trying to serve you with a lawsuit and it’s not an administrator with his or her arms folded across his or her chest. That’s a good feeling.
Then you come out from behind the desk, the person says “remember me?” and you don’t see a shotgun or a kukri. That’s a good feeling.
Then you have no idea who the person is, but you say “suuuuure” and the patient doesn’t call “bullshit” on you. That’s a good feeling.
Then the patient hands you a plate of home baked cookies and a card and says “I’m the one who the paramedics brought in with a cardiac arrest last month. You’re the one who saved my life.” That’s a really good feeling.
Then you look around and notice that it isn’t just the patient who came to give you cookies. There’s a whole group of people there. His whole family shakes your hand, hugs you, and adds their thanks. That’s an even better feeling.
Then you go back into the department to get the rest of the staff and everyone makes fun of you for having tears in your eyes. Hey – screw them. They aren’t ruining the moment.
Little moments like this make me look back and think how I’d never choose any other specialty than emergency medicine.
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