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.