Doctors-in-Training Write Fan Fiction

It never lasts, though.

The minute they become bona fide doctors, they stop writing.

The average life of a fan fiction writer (those who are in medical school, anyway) is about four years. Just long enough to get them through it. Before you know it, there’s this announcement on their tumblr pages:

YAY! I MADE IT! I’M NOW A FULL-FLEDGED DOCTOR!

And before you know it, fictions that are WIP just cut off. Just like that.

So long! It’s been nice knowing you!

Today, self re-visited one of her favorite stories. It’s incomplete. Self isn’t sure the author is a doctor (or a nurse, or in some sort of medical profession), but the writing about injury is pretty matter-of-fact:

Her wrist was sore from writing through the night, and she pinched the tendons between her fingers to soothe the ache. It was slightly crooked from a tumble she had taken down the stairs when she was young, landing on her hands. Years later, after seeing a proper physician, he noted that her Colles’ fracture hadn’t been set correctly. She always thought broken bones were supposed to be unbearably painful, but she hadn’t felt a thing. In fact, while it had limited her flexibility, the stiffened joint improved her aim for archery, giving her a steady hand that could strike the target from twice the distance.

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The Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, California

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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