Clutch quote from an OB resident 3 weeks ago that’s still been bothering me, in reference to a patient with metastatic cancer who was in pain and needed a CT scan but was refusing contrast:
“I am so sick of these patients. Just suck it up already and deal with it. God.”
If you’re ever working with me, and I ever say anything as remotely cruel and disgusting as that about a patient, especially one with metastatic cancer all over the place, please, please, sock me in the gut, or slap me, or something. There’s ranting, and there’s bitching, and then there’s just plain inability to have any sort of compassion or caring for your patients.
I feel guilty that I didn’t speak up and put the resident in her place. Granted it was 3 residents versus one med student, but I wish I would take the right path rather than the easy one a little more often. Sigh.