Superheroes vs Villains

Working in a huge hospital has made me see lots of things that grabbed my attention. The look patients have in their eyes while being pushed into an operation room, or the one their relatives have while walking beside them, hoping that everything goes well and as planned. The look that patients sitting on wheel chairs have while watching people walking around them in every direction. Or the way workers push lifeless bodies covered in white sheets into the morgue.

Every single scene brings lots of different thoughts into my mind. It’s possible that I won’t be affected by those scenes in the future the way I am today. Adaptation plays an important role in our lives. I could imagine workers dealing with bodies covered in white sheets with apathy today, were feeling differently during their first month at the job.

I always looked at the doctors’ and nurses’ occupation very seriously, thinking that the quality of their work can either save lives, reduce pain, or vice versa. I always thought that doctors carry full responsibility for anything unusual that happens to the patients they’re treating. That gave me a glimpse of the kind of burden doctors and nurses carry, that is sometimes not seen or neglected.

But now I’m looking from a different perspective. Seeing the quality of work that my trainer offers in fixing very critical machines, made me think of how we ‘Engineers’ carry the same burden that doctors carry. The smallest malfunction in one of those machines can alter a patient’s destiny. For a small example, ECG machines, if not working properly as they should, could give false reading, resulting in false diagnosis. Or imagine patients with Chronic Kidney Diseases, relying fully on Hemodialysis machines to clean their bodies from toxic wastes, instead of their kidneys. You catch my drift?

So I guess every single one working at a hospital plays an important role. Every single person is either a superhero, or a villain. If you’re doing your best at your job, especially when someone’s life is on the line, then you’re definitely a superhero. But if you’re carelessly spending your working hours, counting remaining minutes to take a break, not aware of your responsibilities, then you’re definitely a villain.

I’m currently still learning. This Biomedical Engineering field is a whole different branch that I wasn’t introduced to in college. I’m just following my instincts here, that’s all. Maybe in the future, if I worked with them at the hospital, I could do something about the system. The system where workers are more concerned to do their job to avoid getting fired, rather than doing their job because someone’s life is on the line.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this. May Allah be with us all.



15 thoughts on “Superheroes vs Villains

    • You’re absolutely correct Charles. I was thinking probably anywhere you work, if you’re not doing your best, there is an unseen greater impact on us human beings. Its easier to spot this impact in hospitals, police and fire stations rather than in schools or private companies for example. But the impact exists!

  1. Reblogged this on Wyndy Dee and commented:
    We are resilient people. When I worked as a medic in the ER, we all worked together and depended on each other to help the patient and their family at a difficult time. Now, as an editor, I do the same but for my author. I depend on my team to help our author put out the best book possible and help each other. As much as I miss the ER and patient contact, I love what I am doing now and found my purpose again. We all have a part to play. My WordPress family is a huge part of it now too. Thank You!

    • Aww I loved your thoughts on the subject! That’s exactly how work should be, with everyone dependent on the other, working together for the greater good. Thank You! and thanks for the reblog so much :)

  2. Beautifully put. It would be nice if everyone were as thoughtful and dedicated as you are Mohamed. This is the reason why reading your blog is always a thoughtful and joyous experience for me. Hope the new job is working out for you nicely, you are never far from my thoughts. :)

    • Aww Ionia, your compliments are what keeps me going I swear :) I’m so glad you enjoy it here, I hope you know that you too are in my thoughts very often. Thank you so much!

  3. It’s interesting to use a hospital as an example of people needing people. I think life’s largely like that, we all have a role to play, we are not islands, one way or another we are in a sort of ‘jig saw’ putting the pieces together . Sometimes we do need to isolate . Eventually we , I think personally come back to the ‘ source ‘, even if sometimes , that’s in ciber space!! Wishing you well, sending positive energy…
    Love Ziggy

    • Yes absolutely, I totally think so too! I was just saying to Charles that every work has an impact on us human beings, and such impact is easily spotted in hospitals, fire stations and police stations, rather than other working places. But the impact exists everywhere in life. Like you said, it’s like a jigsaw, we all complete each other. If the bus driver for example didn’t show up for work, he’s responsible for a number of people getting late for work. And so on and on. Thank you Ziggy :)

  4. Great post Mohamed! I would add my thoughts, but everyone else stole them! But I do believe having a good work ethic is something important no matter what you do. If you don’t have a good work ethic doing a small job that might not be that important, then why would you expect it to change doing a “big” job? (rhetorical) That’s always been my thoughts on the matter. It is easy though to start slipping though. Repetitive tasks and all that.

  5. Wonderful Mohamed! I agree with Wyndy we should do our best at what we do. Some days I do better than others in striving towards that goal :-) I think the most important aspect is that we do the best we can with the people we interact with each day. In my line of work, me simply turning away from my computer to give a client my utmost attention is a “huge” deal for them. It is an easy thing to do, but I’ve been trained to multi-task so it was hard for me at first. I still have to slap my own wrist when I have a deadline to make sure I fully engage :-)

    • Absolutely! You said everything I wanted to say :) You’re right about turning away from what you’re doing and giving the client in front of you your utmost attention, it does make one hell of a difference. I really hate to see someone not giving his job the best he got. I wonder how they feel about earning money for something they didn’t do, or something they could’ve done better. I won’t feel okay at all if I was in their shoes!

    • It would be interesting to ask them! lol Don’t think that would go over too well, though :-)

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