A Near Forgotten Feeling

Last night was special.

The call room was left unoccupied. Our pagers were turned off. Our homes sat silently in the dark. No books were read. No notes were taken.

Instead, we had a pleasant evening together at a pub. We ate and drank, told stories and laughed merrily. As we sat there, changed out of our now-typical collared and pressed business attire into shirts and jeans, my mind wandered back to an old life.

Our conversations, far removed from medical jargon and clinical cases, had me fooled that I would wake up the next day without rounds, consults, or procedures. It had me fooled that I would wake up the next day without a long list of things to do, to read, and to know. It had me fooled that I may wake up the next day stress-free.

Last night was special. 

It brought us back to a social life that the isolation of relentless studying had shuttered out. It brought us back to a simpler life that weekend calls and late nights have complicated. It brought me back to a near forgotten feeling of normalcy. 

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    My thoughts exactly.
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