Letter to the Editor
After 20 years of working two jobs in emergency medicine, paying off school debt, and raising a family, I went from the cath lab to the cardiovascular ICU and awakened with real chest pain. I was found to have a widow maker, and went straight to the OR for five-vessel bypass surgery. My father died at 42 from his third MI.
My experience was a life changer. I backed down to one job. Like Alin Gragossian, DO, it was the only time in a 30-year career that I missed work. I never went home sick or called in sick. (“A Perfect Life with a Stubborn Heart,” EMN. 2019;41:26; http://bit.ly/2F9LLUO.)
We super-emergency physicians can be really obstinate (read: dumb). How to convey these life-changing experiences to residents and colleagues is always a challenge.
Life is short. Live every day like it's your last. Enjoy medicine and your friends and family.
Andrew Langsam, MD
Santa Fe, NM