SSA May Day Madness Blogathon – A Day


We know what Greta Christina’s day is like, so what’s my day like?

Long and tiring.I normally wake up by 5:30 AM. I like a nice warm water shower which is a rarity in India since most houses don’t have showers. Most people make do with buckets of water. You take a bucket of water that’s either been boiled on the stove or isn’t hot at all and use a mug to pour it over yourself. There are other options including taps which supply hot water from a heater or the ludicrously dangerous “immersion” heaters (because dropping a high voltage electrical appliance into water is considered safe by Indian Standards).

I don’t like this. This often ends up with people getting hurt. My cousin in fact was one such person. As a kid he was unaware of the temperature of water in a bucket which he “jumped into”. The water was close to boiling and he required serious medical care. However, India’s take on Health and Safety is considered very libertarian.

I need to catch a bus at 6:20 so generally leave the house munching on whatever breakfast I can grab around 10 past 6. It’s a short jog to the bus stop and it’s relatively cool so it’s not so bad.

I get to work at 8:00 AM. Yes it’s a nearly 2 hour journey. I then work from then to around 4:00 PM when I leave and return home. I don’t get a lunch break and lunch is practically anything I can get to eat. Needless to say this has unfortunately meant I eat a lot of Pepsi and Biscuits. Not very healthy.

Finally after 4:00 I have to catch another bus home. Now this bus has to face down Chennai’s ludicrous traffic. This means I get home at around 6:00 PM. I am out of the house for more than 12 hours a day. But my work doesn’t stop there.

I live in a clinic. Every hour that I am “at home” I can be asked to see a patient. And this has ranged from the simple cuts and bruises of childhood to snake bites. We don’t charge anything for this.

I go to be at around 12:00 AM after some time spent talking to my girlfriend and reading. All in all? I sleep around 5 hours a day and am at work for effectively 12 to 15 hours a day. I normally blog when there are no patients but blogging is a haphazard process that is done in patches during when I have time off.

I suppose I find peace through work, but I do know that I am reaching the end of my capacity. I am looking forward to going home and I am looking forward to winding up here and going back to a world of sane sleeping hours and a social life.

But for now? Sleep comes when sleep is needed.

Avicenna is blogging for the SSA over the May Day holiday and will be doing so on the Saturday/Sunday too. He is trying to reach the goal of $500 of your shiny American Dollars. Help him do so by donating here. And leave your suggestions on the concurrent hangout happening over here.

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