No, I won’t claim that the day shift is more difficult than the night shift. Yet, from time to time, you do receive patients who make things especially more frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I love my patients! I wouldn’t be in this medical practice if I didn’t. I enjoy the children, the middled aged, the drunken, the sober, the elderly and yes, even those nightshift coworkers that complain about how awful their shift was until it’s their very next shift exactly. That being said, some patients are…how do I put this lightly? Clueless. Particularly the elderly ones.

Of course, the absent mindedness of our senior patients does not anger me. In fact, it could be extremely funny. For instance, prior to admitting an elderly man into my unit, I had to conduct an interview. These interviews are to determine what exactly is bothering the patient, where, and formulate any type of pre assessment before the legitimate evaluations and test begin. When analyzing his cardiovascular state, I inquired if he was experiencing any angina pain. For those unfamiliar, angina is “a condition marked by severe pain in the chest, often also spreading to the shoulders, arms, and neck, caused by an inadequate blood supply to the heart.” Low cardiac blood pressure is common for elderly, which is why I asked. However, his reply was all but common.


“Angina?!” He coughed, frowning. “That’s a woman’s part! I ain’t no lady!”