Sleeping in a Hospital

When I was in the hospital after giving birth to my son, I didn’t sleep well.  It wasn’t because of him, though: every few hours, nurses, midwives, and even cleaning staff came into my room to check my vitals, examine one of us, or wash the already immaculate floor.  In France, it’s customary to stay…

Examining patients’ and doctors’ pet peeves

A few years ago, I slapped a doctor.  Three times.  It wasn’t premeditated or motivated by something he said; he just kept jabbing a tongue depressor into my mouth without giving me any warning (like the common, “One…two…three”), and a reflex made my hand thrust up and slap him away.  He seemed mildly annoyed each…

Medical Translators’ Biggest Challenges

A study made headlines recently when it revealed that press releases about medical discoveries and news are often exaggerated or misinterpreted. The study’s gotten me thinking about the complicated job of medical translation.  Whether they translate medical articles and texts, or work as an interpreter, a proper medical translator is not only fluent in two…

Interior Decorators Can Save Lives

The other day, my mother-in-law told me about a friend’s daughter who’d left a nursing position at a local hospital to pursue her dream of being an interior decorator.  The girl’s family was shocked by the decision.  How could anyone leave a stable job where you could save lives to do something much less important,…