Friday, April 3, 2009
Another Loss in the World of Healthcare
I had stopped watching ER a few years ago when every show promised to be the
MOST SPECTACULAR EVENT ON TELEVISION.
When I heard that the show was ending I wanted to see the finale for old times sake. Like seeing the staff of M.A.S.H. being discharged and sent stateside. And, if all the truth be told, I had to watch my man, George.
Watching that storyline quickly reminded me why I stopped watching. A young boy on a bike hit by a car and now determined to be braindead? Comforting the family and talking about their options, knowing that the Life Center Donor Network staff is awaiting word in the next room? It all hits way too close to home. Hubby works in an ER, he didn't wish to extend his workday any longer than the 12 hours he'd already spent there and I had no need to cry for an entire hour.
Scrubs is possibly the most accurate of all the hospital shows in that it truly captures the essence of hospital care and politics. ER, however, depicted the everyday chaos, absurdity and pathos of the emergency room experience. Could even see the effects of "right-sizing", "downsizing", the influx and revenge of the "B students", and the ill effects when profit and healthcare are tied together. Good for them for showing it.
Throughout it all, those characters tried to show us the best that we could be. If you could tolerate seeing a replay of your day at work you might see a "do-over", a way to have connected more deeply. A lesson not to be found in any reality show. But as the last frame showed--the ER is still open for business.