“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire– then you have a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer.” 

I posted this photo on my twitter a few months ago, shortly after my Aunt had passed and it was just a reminder for myself and my followers to really focus on what is important and what isn’t.

Over the past month I have been working at a trauma hospital for training purposes since the hospital I normally work at is all out patients with no traumas. I was so not excited to be working at a different hospital. I was not looking forward to the (short..only 25 minutes) commute, how I’d have to get up a little bit earlier and sit in traffic on the way home, I wasn’t looking forward to working mid shift (3-11pm) and being on the opposite shift of my friends, and I was sad to not be working with my co workers for a month! But it has been such a surreal experience. It’s been a very eye-opening experience that has helped me reflect on myself and those around me, allowing me to truly appreciate all the good in my life. Especially my health.

I did a 4 week rotation, 1 week doing portable x-rays, 1 week in the OR, and 2 weeks on midshift (3-11pm) working in the ER. My first week on portables, I saw a kid who was close to my own age and I have no idea what happened to him or why he was in the hospital but I went in for a chest x-ray and he wasn’t very lucid. He wasn’t completely there. His arms were tied down with restraints (a lot of patients have hand restrants which took me by surprise). I did multiple chest x-rays on him throughout my week rotation. It was crazy to see someone, the same age as me, with a totally different life. Whatever did happen to him, it changed his entire life. It’s just an odd thing to experience and really makes you think. Life can flip on an instant.

During my week rotation in the OR (operating room) there was nothing super out of the ordinary, mostly just regular scheduled surgeries. But there was a case on an older women who had been in a car accident and her humorous was completely broken, out of place, and shattered. It was a quick surgery because they weren’t actually working on her arm at the time, they were just doing a bone biopsy. But one day she was just driving to where ever she was going, and the next, shes laying on an operationing table in a military trauma center.

“It’s a beautiful things to have lungs that allow you to breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and it’s a shame that sometimes we don’t realize that that’s enough.”

My last two weeks working at this trauma center where midshift, 3-11pm, working in the ER. This shift in particular I was not looking forward to, but as I write this today (my last day working in the ER) I can honestly say I have really enjoyed it and I am grateful for the things I experienced. My first night working in the ER I had to do an x-ray on a young man’s foot, it was a gunshot wound. I’m not should what exactly happened to him but he got shot in the foot and was close to losing his toe (but I’m pretty sure his toe made it). I could never imagine what it feels like to get shot… and this young man was just chillin in his bed with a bullet in his foot!

I saw a lot of broken bones, arms, legs, finger, stuff like that throughout my two weeks in the ER. One of the most surreal trauma’s I worked on was another gun shot wound. He was a 19-year-old male who had a gunshot wound to his jaw and his chest. When he arrived in the ambulance the paramedics were already doing CPR on him, my preceptor told me he had never seen that before and typically when that happens the doctor calls the code right there in the trauma room. They brought him in and the trauma team rushed in and started getting to work. They stopped doing CPR for a few minutes but eventually started back up again. At one point they had to put in a chest tube and I think he got rushed to surgery, but I’m not completely sure.

Anyway, all of these experiences I’ve had over the past month have been eye-opening and it just puts everything in perspective. Makes you grateful that you get to wake up every morning and go to work or school. Makes you grateful that you are able to walk down the street on a beautiful day. Makes you grateful that you are able to run and workout. Makes you grateful for all of the things we do without thinking, things we constantly take for granted.

It can be so easy to complain about waking up at 6am to spend majority of your day at work, or complain that you should go to the gym even though you don’t feel like it, or be annoyed because you have to cook dinner for yourself or your family. But GRATITUDE! So try being grateful that you have a job, that you can make money to support yourself and your family. Be grateful that you have two healthy lungs and two strong legs that allow you to move and run and be active. Be grateful that you have food, and heat or AC, and a bed to come home to.

“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire– then you have a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer.” 

You will also be much much happier.

I hope you all have a great week, February starts this month and I am SO SO SO excited! This is going to be an incredible month 🙂






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