As I sit in my office late on a Friday, I've gotten myself into a state about the 17 children gunned down in a school. For the umpteenth time.
I think the thing that has me so upset, is that this state of gun complaisance is an affront to everything a pediatric emergency physician stands for. We sweat whether it's too risky when the WBC is 15.1 and not 14.9. We study 40,000 children in order sort out who deserves the x-ray risk of a maybe brain tumor 30 years from now. We work in difficult, burnout inducing conditions so that we can personally save, say, one life a year.
Today it feels to me like someone with an AK-whatever just wiped out 17 years of my work. In minutes. I want to cry. We SHOULD cry. Try and watch that Parkland mother on CNN. I dare you.
Today is not a day like all the others. It's just not.
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