When Is It Okay to Laugh? - 05/25/2016
Commentary — May 2015
By Skye Clarke, DO
Now in my last year of residency, I feel confident in my identity as a "real doctor," and not just a scared, nerdy kid in a scratchy, white coat. However, I still struggle with maintaining that particular type of composure traditionally expected from physicians. I am a laugher. The world is hilarious to me.
Every time a code grey (combative patient alert) is announced, I suppress laughter at the thought of myself and like-bodied coworkers (imagine scrawny, myopic doctors, muscles wasted from years inside studying) breaking into a choreographed ninja routine in matching spandex to subdue the aggressor.
When a patient, convinced she has a family history of blindness from "aunt's eye-ities" actually has a personal history of "anxiety," I am delighted at such grammatical blunders.
This does not mean I don't take my patients' problems seriously or that I constantly mock people in my head. I simply find enjoyment in observing unique manneri...