Slow code refers to the practice in a hospital or other medical centre to purposely respond slowly or incompletely to a patient in cardiac arrest, particularly in situations where CPR is of no medical benefit. The related term show code refers to the practice of a medical response that is faked for the sake of the patient’s family-Wikipedia
Based on a true story….a dark, snarky tale of hospital adventure….
“I knew going into this that I was probably in over my head medically speaking. But those fears turned out to be unfounded. What I hadn’t prepared for was a deeper problem. Did I really want to stare death in the face on a daily basis? There were definitely some faces I didn’t mind staring at around here…. but a balancing act like that couldn’t possibly be sustainable or healthy….even for me! What was worse, was this kind of self-exploration was something I was going to have to partake in on a regular basis? If this floor meant doing the right thing 12 hours a day, or even worse, growing up, then this might not be the adventure I had signed up for.”
Behold…. I have actually finished something…. This is unfortunately based on my real life adventures in healthcare…
“The Psychiatric Unit of a hospital can be, well…. a little crazy, especially for a young and frivolous male nurse. But a transfer to a medical unit soon exposes who is really crazy, in a laugh-out-loud, eye-opening look at what goes on behind closed doors in America’s hospitals.
You will be amused, enlightened, and probably rather disturbed….”
As a non-profit, community mental health counselor I frequently find myself working with individuals who come to me complaining about the chaos in their lives. They complain about the problems within their relationships, the struggles they are having at work, the annoying people they encountered at the restaurant during lunch, and the car accident they got into on their way home last night. After listening to their stories I usually find myself asking “what was your part in that interaction?”. As expected, my clients typically look back at me puzzled- wondering if I was just listening to their story, listening to how they just explained that the other person was at fault. I then begin to describe a scenario which a wise colleague of mine often presents:
Imagine yourself driving home after a long day at work. You know, that feeling of fatigue from using your brain (or body) all…
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