Recently I had several days off. It was terrific, but there was something odd about it, and today I found out what.
While working it struck me how many times I got interrupted while trying to do something / talk / think. Life in the ED is hectic, and when you’re the ‘center of the storm’ it’s not calm, it’s busy as heck. Everyone wants or needs information, and you’re literally at the mercy of the person with the least impulse control.
That’s what was odd during my days off: I got to complete thoughts, have uninterrupted conversations, and go through the whole day without unscheduled demands.
It was weird.