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Phlebotomy: 4:00 Check the ID band, confirm the name. No I didn't take someone else's ID band, it's me. Left antecubital fossa. Just a pinch. Wiggle the needle, wiggle. No flash. Right arm. Exsanguination begins. Drifting back to sleep.
Medical student: 4:45 I know, I know, you're the medical student. Yes my dear, you can listen to my lungs. No, I don't have any chest pain or shortness of breath. Sure, you can do a neurologic exam… even though the surgery was on my bladder.
Intern: 5:15 Papers shuffle. The list! Don't drop the beloved list! Yes, …
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