Shhh! Secret Life of a Princess

Random, provoking thoughts from a self-confessed princess :: with focus on motivational learnings from the media. I hope to inspire everyone to be the best they can be

Thursday, August 09, 2007

How Fast Can You Decide?

People make decision everyday. How critical is your decision? Does it involve the usage of company budget worth millions? Does it involve what you want to have for lunch today? Does it involve choosing the right partner for the rest of your life? Does it involve which medication or procedure will save someone's life?

One scene in Episode One in Season One Grey's Anatomy grappled me. It was the scene where Meredith (played by Ellen Pompea) was paged to attend to a pampered high school girl who suddenly out of nowhere experience a sudden bout of seizures. Nurses were surrounding her getting ready to treat her using whatever medicine and method that will be suggested by the doctors. Meredith was the only doctor there and being an intern, she was clueless as to how to treat the girl who was on the verge of collapsing. Efforts to page the other doctors were to no avail leaving her to tend to the dying patient on her own. In pure trepidation, she suggested a certain medication which the nurses obliged and when that didn't work, she used the CPR (machine) and hiked the machine a few notches at a time. She kept increasing the notches till a level that was almost life threatening but did it anyhow. On the last attempt, the girl's heart rate finally came back. What a relief it was until the real doctors came into the room reminding her with anger to page them immediately next time.

Put yourself in that situation and what would you have done. Everyday, we deal with decision making from choosing what clothes to wear to deciding how your day will be. Some people tend to be indecisive over the smallest things like which meat to have with their rice. The show Grey's Anatomy made me realise that there is a group of people out there who not only make decisions that will save people's life, they need to make it in a split second. Figures out why their education level is so high huh. How important is it that what you do impacts someone's life? It could be putting a smile on someone's face to making someone life's longer but I do have higher respects for doctors now. Learn to make decisions fast, with as little information you have. Not everyone can be put in the best of scenarios. And what if your decision actually causes the life of someone? Imagine Meredith making so many decisions and yet the patient did not survive. And you'd think your decisions was tough. ;)

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