White faced, hands clinched, glazed eyes staring at the ceiling, soaking with lifeless sweat.
This is how someone was brought to the ER recently. You know, working at the hospital could be one of the best experiences of my life. Aside from learning incredibly necessary skills, I have also gained a stomach for things I previously thought to be unimaginable to look at. To see a person, dead one moment, then the next storm out of the hospital angry that we ruined their high is something that should be reserved for the movies, but it’s not. This is real life. At times I joke saying, “I don’t even need to watch TV, I just post up in the ER.” I have learned to take life a little more seriously while understanding how short it can be. My patience has grown while my gratitude for life has expanded.
I believe everyone should experience the tales learned inside a hospital. You learn about the cycle of poverty, the need for sanitation and upkeep, you learn how to save someone’s life and how to medicate basic over the counter treatments. You learn so much about the human. Unfortunately, there isn’t much talk about movement or diet in hospitals but I do believe that immersing yourself into any one field will inherently open the doors to related fields. To know things like CPR, how to treat allergic reaction, how to hold someone’s head when they are having trouble breathing, how not to move someone who may have a spine injury, how to do the hiemlick maneuver, how to bandage a wound or pick someone up, are all skills that I want my fellow community members capable of doing. Perhaps healthcare could be a standard class in the future.
The beginning of this article references an experience of an OD who was brought to the hospital that I pulled out of the car and wheeled into a trauma room. I see a lot of stuff in the hospital and my heart goes out to those that put their hearts and souls into these places of work. My hope for this article is that we can start pushing to expose our youth to real knowledge and real experiences as to make them ready for the real world. We cannot hide from the shadow of life’s pains, but rather become resilient to the interferences in our lives.
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