The month of September brings the season of new shows on the local television stations. One of the new dramas is “Code Black”. The premise of the show is to follow trauma and drama in an emergency room in Los Angeles that routinely becomes so busy overwhelming the ER’s capacity to treat patients, reaching a level of activity called “Code Black”. Kathi had always been an “ER” fan during the very successful run of 15 seasons ending in 2009. The promotional adds for “Code Black” looked like it was “ER” on steroids. So as the day for the airing of the first episode came Kathi and I decided we would be part of the original audience.
The previews of “Code Black” prepared me to offer aid to my ER- junkie wife . Over the years I have learned to anticipate a problem Kathi would probably have watching this show, she would forget to blink. Kathi gets so wrapped up in exciting shows, she frequently holds her eyes open for extended lengths of time and later suffers from dry eyes. This represents an intensity I have not encountered in others. I gathered up a bottle of eye drops and placed it next to Kathi’s TV-watching chair.
The show certainly furnished a great deal of action. We were hardly introduced to characters before the ER was overwhelmed reaching Code Black status. There was hardly time for the staff to reflect on their successes and failures. I never thought I’d say it, but the commercials were somewhat welcomed as a break for needed functions (of course I mean applying eye drops.) There is certainly an attraction for many of us for this excitement created by crisis even if the scenarios are imaginary.
If Yogi Berra were a veterinarian he would probably say veterinary medicine is 10% science, 85% cleaning up, and 50% pure terror. The terror is most frequently encountered in the midst of facing emergency situations. And yet those emergencies have been the part of the practice of veterinary medicine that Kathi and I enjoy, almost crave. These calls give us the opportunity to make a difference for animals and owners. Making a difference doesn’t always mean all results are positive, but may mean delivering peace of mind about difficult decisions. Making differences brings passion to the job for Kathi and me. And passion is what keeps us getting in the truck day after day.
Each animal, every client, all appointments are very important to Kathi and I. All are part of the mosaic that makes up veterinary practice for us. Our lives are the summation of all the parts. I’m glad our vocations bring us passion.