They're making us sleep here. I'm not even supposed to be on this weekend, and they're making us work a 36 hour shift. Just in case. I understand they need doctors, but I'm not sure I realized this is what I was signing up for when I went to medical school. I didn't become a fireman or a police officer. I don't want to be involved in dangerous situations. I'm not in the Army. I'm an internal medicine resident doing an allergy fellowship next year. Dealing with the normal hospital population on a normal day is crazy and unpredictable enough. I didn't sign up to take the Hurricane Shift. I look forward to my fellowship, when they wouldn't even think to ask me to come in for this, because no one who doesn't belong in the psych ward is going to be wading through feet of water to come to the ER because they're itchy. If someone is hit with flying law chairs or blown out of their houses and drowning in the street, I understand they may need a doctor. That doctor will not be me. I was supposed to go to my dad's country house, in not-hurricane-land, and have a nice two-day weekend, my first two day weekend in four months. Instead, they're telling us they will "try to have enough empty hospital beds for us to sleep in" (!!) and we'll be getting hospital food for breakfast and dinner. I'd bring my own food, except they're saying probably a power outage, and the generators will only be used for essential equipment. If there's a power outage, all of our patients are going to die anyway, so why bother having us sleep there? I know I'm just annoyed because this stupid hurricane is ruining my weekend, but, really, why couldn't I have picked a normal job where they don't make you come in on the weekend when there's a hurricane? I am not that good of a doctor that anyone should really want me dealing with their emergency.
Happy to hear exciting medical-related hurricane stories in the comments. And if you run into my friend, tell her I say hi, and also you should probably find a different doctor.