The Sick-on-Duty

You’ve got a fever that’s 39 degrees high.

You can’t get up the whole night.

You sleep throughout and wake up to come in for the next day.

You fail to eat breakfast ’cause you lost appetite.

You arrive late but still take the stairs to the callroom.

You’re duty and no one is available to relieve you.

You come in and see the patients who are as sick as you are.

You do rounds, order labs and prescribe for people who seem healthier than you.

You take a rest and hope that patients remain stable.

You attempt to self-medicate.

You get the slightest itch of relief.

You get called by the nurse.

You run a code and revive a patient.

You’ve got an admission and watch him throughout the night.

You’ve got a new one on the brink of dying while you still run a bad bug.

You realize it’s 3 in the morning and you get a bit of sleep.

You wake up the next day and your partner comes to relieve you.

You’re still sick.

You are still on duty the next day but you have to go on.

You take paracetamol, fluids and hot soup to make yourself feel better.

You come home and sleep on bed with your coat on.

You got a fever that’s 39 degrees high.

You can’t get up the whole night.

You sleep throughout and wake up to come in for the next day.

You are the sick-on-duty.

 

 

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