Tales From All The Comforts of Home Hospital ~ REASONING + EXPLANATION

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Sarah Underkofler (she/her/hers), Editor

For those who don’t know, my name is Sarah and I’m a current junior at Bancroft. This issue’s ATCH story will be a little different than the ones you may be used to by now.

If you have been keeping up with my ongoing “Doctor Stories” series, then you may be familiar with my lack of censoring when it comes to telling these stories. I do this for a couple of reasons — the main reason I am able to do this though is because of my mother. My mom, Stacy Weisberg, is an Emergency Medicine Doctor who currently works at UMass Memorial Medical Center in both Worcester and in Marlborough. Her list of titles goes beyond just being an MD. I mean, look at her email signature!

Stacy N. Weisberg, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS
Professor Emergency Medicine
EMS Fellowship Director
Associate Medical Director, Worcester EMS/ LifeFlight
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Crazy. I don’t even think I have a good enough memory to remember all of those.

Working in the Emergency Room isn’t easy in the first place, especially for my mom who I like to think runs the ER. The stories she comes home with sometimes are OUTRAGEOUS (but also hysterical. The things some people do…. *shudder* it’s disturbing, to say the least). These stories are the inspiration behind my writing this series. There are countless TV shows and movies about hospital life like “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Scrubs,” and while these stories are intriguing and capture the audience’s attention, there is so much inaccuracy in what they portray as hospital life behind the scenes. Just try watching an episode of “Grey’s” with my mother. Her commentary is quite comical, and she loves to criticize everything the characters are doing wrong.

Anyways, back to why I started this series. Every single story that I have written in this series is a story told to me by my mother. She almost got hit by the naked lady with the bright purple cast (episode 2. Absolutely hilarious. I highly recommend it)! The stories I have told and the more that are to come are written in a humorous way that tells an entertaining story along with exposing the pure stupidity of a portion of our population. While these stories are highly amusing, I also continue to write them to capture the most accurate perspective I can. Working as a medical professional takes a toll on a person, especially in these times, and I can’t even begin to count the number of times our healthcare worker’s back-breaking hours of work and dedication goes unnoticed. My goal is to expose the truth. The reality. Whether it be happy or dark. Especially when it’s dark because although it can get uncomfortable, the uncomfiness (yes, I made up a word to make my point. Deal with it) is what gets us past the “taboo-ness” (I am making up more words but it makes more sense this way) of the uncomfortable truth, and gets us to talk about it and to spread awareness. To spread the truth.

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