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This is a video that was taken at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. I think it probably was inspired by that wedding procession video that was popular in the spring. It is supposed to be a breast cancer awareness video, and everyone in it dons pink latex gloves and dances around the hospital.

It's terribly fun because everyone in it says "fuck it" and makes a fool of his or her (and it's predominantly hers) self. I like that aspect of internet tomfoolery. While a lot of what ends up on Youtube is tailored and crafted to put people in their best light (and obviously some production went into this thing), what usually ends up in online videos is pieced together real people. This is obviously a bunch of people having fun and the joy they give is from their enthusiasm, not necessarily their talent.

But what I like about it the most, though, is how it's a health care community video. It's not just a bunch of nurses, doctors (actually I only spotted one or two definite physicians) and other direct caregivers. It's the entire hosptial that got involved in this. From the people in the administrative and business offices to the people who work in the cafeteria to the janitors to the lab techs (and I think the lab techs are my favorites) to the direct caregivers in the units and the surgery suites to the maintenence guys, the video captured pretty much the entire hospital community. Apparently, over 200 employees of the hospital got involved with the video. Having worked in hospitals and other healthcare settings my entire life, I felt like I recognized these people and that place, even though I've never set foot in that particular hosptial.

I always sort of feel a sense of camaraderie with others who work in healthcare, regardless of what particular thing they do. We all are dedicated to the same goal of patient care, though we use our skills in different ways to achieve that goal. We go through specific trainings together. We have a weird language that few outsiders seem to understand fully. We interact daily with colleagues and patients on totally different education, social and economic standings than our own. I sometimes think I share something special with my father, since I'm the only one of his children who works in healthcare and, in particular, in the Texas Medical Center. This isn't to say that my other siblings don't have their own equally special relationships with my father, but this aspect is part of mine.

I don't know if this says something profound about the health care debate or anything, but I do think it's nice to actually look at, every once in awhile, the community that so many people are fighting over right now. And to celebrate it. Because we're some awesome people.


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Dec. 11th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
That is so cool. Before I ended up being an "chronic patient", I worked as a nurse aide and as a phlebotomy assistant in the '80's.

And then there's that whole breast cancer thing with both me and with my best friend. So it's a really close subject for us right now.

Thanks for posting it. It was fun.
Dec. 11th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
I saw this earlier in the week and immediately thought of you; I can imagine you'd be in the thick of this sort of thing.

Miss Maine
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
You are some awesome people. This really cheered me up on a gloomy gray evening. Thank you for sharing it!
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