CHICAGO (CBS) — Emergency room staffs were plenty busy in the city over the past few days because of all the shootings that had been going on, including at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, where four children recently were treated for gunshot wounds.
“You never fully remove your job when you see a lot of sadness,” said Dr. Alison Tothy, chief of emergency medicine at Comer. “We need to continuously remind ourselves that the work we do is valuable and important.”
Tothy said she tries her best to compartmentalize — to separate her work life from her non-work life. However, she said she thought a lot about the four child gunshot victims treated in the emergency room over the past three days
“It was a relief to be done with the shift. Once I removed myself from the actual grind of moving forward and moving forward and seeing patients, it was sad, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” she said.