By Missusluv313 - 17/09/2012 11:25 - United States - Merrillville
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Hello everyone! Yes, he was joking. I just didn't find that shit funny. And he actually is a good doctor. But to make up for it, he gave me extra time off from work. I don't think he would do that to/for everybody, but I work at that hospital.
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Indeed, surgeons can be very sleep deprived. We usually cope with it very well, though. Somehow our bodies adapt to being without sleep, and our brains tend to function pretty normally even if we've been awake for 24 hours. I guess that's how I was able to cope with being a new parent so well - I was used to being awakened at odd hours and getting no sleep. :)
Having dated a surgeon and worked hours that were comparable to those of a surgeon at an aerospace job, I can say that our brains/bodies do a remarkable job of adapting to long, strenuous, and/or overnight shifts. It seems impossibly exhausting at first, but you quickly learn to focus and perform difficult tasks under the new conditions.