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    Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines - Tim SabadosHave you started your day and realized that things weren’t going to turn out well? I can only describe it as a vague, almost imperceptible, feeling. Something like a disturbance in the force, or maybe a tingling of your “spidey sense” or possibly an alarm rattling your subconscious. Whatever the case, think of it as a storm cresting the horizon and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
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    Something similar happened to me last week. This particular day started off amazingly well, but deep down I knew it wasn’t going to last. The first piece of evidence was my wife waking up a bit cranky. In her defense she had just finished a long and stressful stretch of work. I tried to warn her that something was off; however her tired ears weren’t ready to register my words.
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    When we picked up the kids, it didn’t take long for the second, more obvious, clue to present itself; that being the never ending arguing between two teen age sisters. I tried, I really tried, to be the voice of reason. Tried to sound the alarm to the ticking bomb that was sitting in the front seat of the car. And do you think they stopped and took note of the warning?
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    Well, you can probably guess what happened next. Believe me when I say the mother of all bombs, the Mom Bomb, exploded. Punishment was dealt, phones taken away and privileges revoked. The tears began to flow and the sound of sniffles cracked the silence. And my start to a potentially peaceful day evaporated faster than a water drop on desert asphalt.
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    I offer this story and its associated analogy because there’s a similar kind of storm that has crested the horizon. And yet again, all I can do is watch as it rolls across the land and crashes head on into the emergency department.
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    Maybe you’ve seen it in a movie, a television show or possibly a cartoon. That moment when the school bell goes off and hundreds of kids blindly fling themselves out the doors and into the mishaps that await them. By all accounts, it appears humanity is doing the same thing.
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    So, why am I bringing this up? While I have no hard data to back my claims, I, along with many of my colleagues, believe there’s been an uptick in the number of trauma’s coming into the department, and it’s all taking place earlier than normal. It appears that our society is all too eager to burst through those doors into the waiting arms of tragedy. I find it hard to believe that being cooped-up is to blame since we’ve had the ability to go to the grocery store, the gas station, take walks, ride bikes, get take-out from a restaurant or a fast food joint or simply go for a drive. Obviously, this hasn’t been good enough for some swaths of the population.
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    By no means do I wish any kind of misfortune upon anyone, but there’s been a surge of motorcycle accidents, car crashes and I’m still waiting for the first Jet Ski collision. Firework mortars have blown up in people’s hands and gasoline has been thrown onto a bonfire; do I need to spell out what a sudden flash does to skin? As if alcohol hasn’t had its influence in any of this let’s not forget about the bicycle accidents, the trip and falls, heroin overdoses and the “liquid courage” induced brawls. Oh yes, remember the pandemic that’s been hanging around? There’s still patient’s coming into the department with all the associated symptoms.
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    If intelligent life exists in the universe and aliens are zipping along the galactic highway in their UFO’s, then Earth has got to be the side attraction with humanity as its performers. Kind of like that enticing “mystery spot” when you cross over the Mackinaw Bridge or Rock City when travelling on I-75. Where else can you go to see a society chug an array of mind altering liquids and hurl themselves into one another or quit possibly a stationary object? Where else can you see some of its members disregard any form of decency and responsibility and spread or become infected with a deadly virus?
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    The stay at home mandate is still in effect but there are many who are all too willing to thrust themselves through the gates. Do you think that anything I say or do is going to stop them? Not a chance. As for me, when those doors finally open, I’m holding back. I’ll let the big kids blow off their supposed cooped-up energy. After a week or two, I’ll don my mask and head out into what should be calmer times. Then again, I work on the frontlines. I’m guaranteed to see it as well as be deep in it. And no matter what happens, I and my coworkers will be there to provide you with the best care possible. Just please don’t ask me, “Why did this have to happen to me?”
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    I still believe that the majority of us want to be in this together, let’s not be too close together while we’re all in it.

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