The hospital is considered to be a very busy place, and quite rightly so. There are always patients to see, surgeries to perform, counseling sections to get to and so on. The list is actually endless. However, there are a few times when the doctors, nurses, patient attendants and almost the entire staff at the hospital become relatively jobless. Suddenly, there are almost no patients to see and you find yourself almost praying that they start coming. Let me just say that the job of a doctor is quite weird. We want to continue to see patients, to keep your mind busy, learn new things and earn a salary, but we can’t pray for people to actually fall sick. (That would just be plain cruel).
The period when we have these quiet downs in the hospital (at least in Nigeria), are festive periods – Christmas and Easter. It is usually amazing how patients begin to get well “miraculously” and want to be discharged in time for the holidays. Infact, some that feel they can manage discharge themselves from admission or refuse it from the onset. I have seen a patient who told me he’d come back for a surgical procedure after the holidays.
When the quiet comes, I treasure it and wait for the next surge. Do you get quiet days at work? How busy are your holiday periods?