Yesterday was nearly cataclysmic.  Sitting in the emergency department, tapping merrily away on my computer (the main consumer of my time), it suddenly said:  ‘Fatal error, program will shut down.’  It happens, no big deal.  Until all of the computers did the same.  The unit secretary, the nurses, mine.  All spiralling into a computer-less black hole.  We stood, we sat, we stared at one another.  We thought, ‘surely this can’t be the end.’  We wondered if the Chinese had launced an EMP; if a nuclear strike were speeding across the North Pole, leaving us only minutes to finish charting and have dinner. 

 

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