Ryan Shephard – The Truth about Living With a Doctor

Of all the professions in the world it is fair to say that doctors are the most respected and I for one believe that this is the way that it should be. The reason behind this is not only because of the services these incredible men and women perform in the hospital, but also because of what goes on beyond that. I have been living with my roommate Ryan Shephard for over 10 years now and as a result I get to see what happens outside of the hospital. TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy would have you believe that these people finish the job and then head out for Mai Tais, but this could not be further from the truth.




The level of fatigue which I have seen in Ryan at  times over the years is simply astonishing and something which can actually be painful to watch. It is not that he comes in and crashes asleep, although that does often happen, but rather the accumulated fatigue which I see that leaves him unable to speak coherently, has a clearly negative affect on his basic motor skills and which at times can leave him unable to sleep, because his body is too tired to even do that.


Never a Day Off


Whilst it is far from a regularity there have been many times whereby Ryan has been called into action, even when he has been on a day off. People are always asking him to look at ailments or complaints that they have, which he always does with a smile despite the fact that he must hate it. There was also an occasion during a night out when an old man arrested and my roomie reacted quick as a flash and administered CPR before heading to the hospital with the paramedics before engaging with the local doctors about his treatment. Just think about this, a job which leaves you achingly tired, yet one which never really gives you a day off.




Many think that doctors look upon the human body in the way that mechanics look at cars, without emotion and in a purely pragmatic way. This may be the case for some medical professionals but there are a great many who simply push the emotion to one side until they have a chance to deal with it away from the hospital. I have seen this emotional anguish on the face of my roomie many times and it is clear that many of the stories, both good and bad, that take place in the hospital with his patients and charges, do have a profound effect on doctors, and they must store it all up until they are no longer working.


If you have ever doubted whether or not these men and women that work hard every day to improve and save lives deserve your respect, then I would urge you to reconsider and realize exactly what these remarkable humans do.

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