Most of my days seem to consist of the same repetitive routine. Wake up, go to school or work, come home, eat, sleep and repeat. But every now and then something happens that pulls you out of that normal routine. Something out of the ordinary, something that wasn’t expected, something that forces you to take action and do something about it.
One such occasion occurred while I was driving back home for the summer. I pulled into a gas station in Pennsylvania to fill up and check on my car. While I was checking my oil levels, an old man pulled up to the pump next to me on a massive Harley. My father has a few bikes, and since I am interested in getting one myself, I took a few seconds to look at the bike and listen to the rumbling engine.
Returning back to my own tasks, I heard a loud bang and a few screams for help. The man was on the ground with his left leg pinned underneath his motorcycle. Without much time to react, I dropped the grease rag I was using and ran over to help. A few other people beat me to the guy, but together we were able to lift the bike off him and put the kickstand up.
He was more upset with himself than anything. Despite how he was feeling, it wasn’t his fault. The platform in front of the pump looked greasy and slippery, due to thousands of cars that came through every day. Like a true biker, he was more concerned with his scuffed up windshield and gas tank than his own well-being. Obviously the most important thing is that he was all right and that so many people rushed over so quickly to help him.
I think moments like these will be similar to what I will see as a veterinarian. Veterinarians are always exposed to new situations and cases that they must react to. In a few short years, all of us veterinary students will be responsible for animal lives, so being able to make quick decisions and adapt to any situation will be an important part of our skill set.