11.12.04

may substitute

A couple of years ago, I was talking to an anesthesiologist at a well-known tertiary referral center. This pediatric specialist had a quick wit and a sparkling sense of humor. As we moved through the peds pre-op area, he motioned to the walls, doors and ceiling, which were all decorated with cuddly-looking animals and fluffy clouds. "Take a look at all this."

Many of the animals were suited up in medical garb, I suppose in an attempt to make the decor seem relevant. Who thought of this??, I wondered, looking at the raccoons' surgical masks. It seemed almost macabre: the filthy, carnivorous, dumpster-diving animals showing up on the OR scene.

"A while back, they had to re-paint some of this. See that teddy bear there?"

I looked around. It took a moment to spot the teddy bear, as it was right at kid's-eye-level, well below the line of sight for my 5 feet, 9 inches. When I found it, I let out a little puff of air. "You mean the one holding the gigantic syringe???" The cute little detritovore was holding a crudely painted hypodermic that looked to be about the size of the average toddler's arm.

He chuckled. "Yes, that one. It used to be holding a scalpel. Apparently someone caught on that a huge scalpel right at eye level might be a little disconcerting for a child about to go into surgery."

Huh. So they replaced the scalpel-wielding bear with a syringe-wielding bear. Great call!

3 Comments:

Blogger Internal Medicine Doctor said...

So I am reading through your site and here are my conclusions:
1. Very origianl and great writing.
2. You're a college pre-med? I think.

three. keep going and I will keep reading. good stuff. good luck.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Internal Medicine Doctor said...

second comment..now that i saw the top of the page states that you are a pre-med student I feel kind of dumb, kind of like a resident. oh wait...

7:51 AM  
Blogger Dr. Charles said...

i agree with the madman above, this will be a fun blog. regarding the post, how ridiculous a substitution?! Put a blanket or something in the teddy's hand. most fables are pretty scary though when you think about them. guess adults bring a lot of baggage to the story telling process. see ya!

7:17 PM  

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