The only reason we get away with giving such large doses of epinephrine to these patients is that they are already dead.

- Rogue Medic

Happy Memento Mori Day!

 

I just love when patients ask the question –

Am I going to die?

Does the patient mean today?

Maybe they will.

If the patient means eventually, then absolutely the patient will die. I do not have a drug that causes immortality.

I deal in reality. That’s life. And death.

Today is a day to acknowledge that reality.
 

Memento Mori
 

“Remember You Die”
 

Day
 
January 3rd, 2013
 
Having a bad morning? Well remember, someday you will die. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? Wait, why are you crying? We didn’t mean it like that. Today is about realizing we all must live life to its fullest. So don’t wallow in your bad morning. Dust yourself off, get a fresh cup of coffee, and show today who’s boss.[1]

 

Maybe we just need a bit of perspective with all of the bad luck we deal with. For many of our patients, the reason they are on the stretcher and we are not is that we were lucky enough to be born with a better roll of the genetic dice. None of us chose our genes.

What we do with what luck provides us with – that is an entirely different story. We might as well enjoy what we have and share that enjoyment with our families while we can.

The day is almost over, but we are not restricted by the calendar.

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Footnotes:

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[1] Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day
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