Hospitals will drain your energy away.
If it’s not the surrounding death, nor the bleach-meets-blood-and-body-odors stench, it’s the pace, the stress and the diet consisting of mainly vending machines and soda, lots and lots of soda.
Keeping the engine running in this environment is nothing short of difficult, almost miraculous. It sounds as though I’m exaggerating but I’m not. Just last week I meet a forty-year-old orthopedist who arrived at our company to show his gratitude towards the owner and the great German stents we sell.
An orthopedist thanking us for stents? That’s as weird as a computer engineer thanking BMW for great brakes.
There was only one reason: even at forty, stents can be necessary.
Stents are tiny meshes introduced into fluid conducts (the urethra, veins or arteries) to expand them and allow for stronger flow. They can fix irregular flow to the kidneys, urinary insufficiency, even the esophagus!
But this case called for coronary stents. That’s right! Such was the wear and tear on his body, the stress, the diet, the oblivious cholesterol piling up, the lack of sleep after hours on end working and the irregular physical activity, that he ended up with a triple stent insertion.
At forty? That just doesn’t sound right.
So, it is best to make do with what one’s got. Take this example: about two months ago I met a doctor, probably about fifty, that was as fit as a tiger. How did he do it? Pretty simple.
With four things:
– Never use the elevator. Stairs are your friend.
– If it’s wrapped, then it’s not good for you.
– Dunk yourself in a pot of imaginary oil, so that all worries slip away.
But there was one thing he didn’t tell me. I came to find it out later. He sleeps and sleeps regularly.
And then it hit me: we are told that driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Doctors spend over thirty hours straight working, between watches and shifts and emergencies and such. Isn’t being a doctor while tired just as dangerous?
I understand doctors and healthcare professionals are valuable. But our lives also are.