Let's face it, Q4 sucks. There are few experiences as grueling as staying up for 30 straight hours, seeing patients through the night as your pager drags you from one hospital floor to the next; and at the end of it all, you get it do it again after 2 days.
I lucked out this month, though; two of my new friends (and fellow medpeds interns) happen to be on call with me! We're not on the same team and we otherwise wouldn't see each other at all, but we make it a point to page each other before dinner and before the midnight meal. The midnight meal in particular is a perfect time to find a little solace from the insanity of the hospital, a time when most patients are sleeping and we're each somewhere between admissions 3 and 4. So that's how, last night, we found ourselves on the roof of our hospital eating cereal and cheezit's.
It felt like an imaginary campfire of sorts, a small corridor surrounded by high walls and barbed wire and the open sky above. Luckily no one actually paged us while we were up there, although we didn't get to stay too long. The creaking and the groaning of a 75-year-old building can get to you, and that thump-thump-thump-buzz did sound like a zombie dragging a chainsaw across the ground, just about to turn the corner... Thus the photo above of my compatriots turning to see what just made that crashing sound.
Also, I've now definitively decided that, while the razr is a very nice phone, its camera sucks something terrible.
dude that is an awesome photo... i really like it. the form, composition, and the story that goes with it. maybe b/c of all the medical TV shows i've watched, the roof of the hospital just seems such a fitting place for residents to "escape" to. btw, does anyone know: can you get onto the roof of NGH? CHKD?
That's exactly it... The hospital roof just makes me think of John Hurt and Elizabeth Perkins in The Doctor, chatting about life and death and love and misery, all on the roof of the hospital. There's something symbolic about the roof. Plus, since we're not allowed to leave the hospital while on call, the roof is really the only place to see the sky and breathe fresh air!