In the American medical system, the operating rooms are considered especially mysterious. In hospitals, the dedicated housestaff who operate in these places are members of an elite squad known as residents.
These are their stories.
Ravenlocks and the Three Scrub Sinks
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Ravenlocks, with hair as black as raven feathers. But you wouldn’t know, because she had to stuff it every day under a really unflattering blue bouffant hat – two, in fact, to keep her hair from falling out through the weak elastic opening.
Most days, Ravenlocks would sit into operating room, waiting for her prince – no, wait, the patient – to come, rolled in by the anesthesia elves with their propofol magic. And after the prick of the needle, and the patient fell into a deep sleep of a hundred years (sorry, minutes), she would wander out into the wilderness that was the operating room hallways to look for a scrub sink to wash her weary hands.
Outside the operating room, she found a sink. Ravenlocks was in a hurry, so she opened a scrub brush and kicked the water panel with her knee to start the water’s flow. She tested the water from the first sink.
“Owwwwwwww, s#)%!” exclaimed Ravenlocks, a real pottymouth, “That f%^&*($ sink is TOO HOT!”
[Use some of that scrub for your tongue, young lady – love, Mom]
Welcome to the first Making the Rounds: a weekly list of links, thinks, and random, interesting things that might make your upcoming week a little brighter. Like Watson and Holmes, these links aim to sharpen the skills of all five senses. So here goes:
While Some Are Shocked by ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ Others Find Nuance in a Bigoted Atticus Finch / Alexandra Alter, at the New York Times”Go Set a Watchman,” is the second novel by Harper Lee, and is set to be a literary wave maker. Lee, made famous by her debut novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” brings us back to Maycomb Country and protagonist Scout, only to find racism further engrained into society as well as Atticus Finch, the hero and moral center of the first book who was masterly portrayed on film by Gregory Peck, and often considered the masculine, fatherly ideal. Controversial? Yes. But fascinating? Also yes. Will you be reading the book, in spite of the fact that it may tarnish your perception of Atticus Finch?