Silence is broken as the announcement blares over the intercom:
“Code Blue, Tower A, Room 627…
Code Blue, Tower A, Room 627…
Code Blue, Tower A, Room 627…”
The “Blue Team” rushes to Room 627 and everyone in the Critical Care Waiting Room stops what they are doing.
Books lay in the laps of previously ferocious readers. Ear buds connected to iPods are held in the hands of previously focused listeners. Fingers stop typing and gently rest on the keyboards of laptops, conversations stop, and almost everyone’s eyes are fixed on the speaker on the wall as if the words could be seen.
“Code Blue” indicates that a patient is in trouble and has need of immediate help. In most cases, it means the patient needs resuscitation.
For a brief moment, everyone in the room is focused on two things:
If your loved one is in Tower B, you can return to the book you were reading, the conversation you were having, or you can try to go back to sleep. If your loved one is in Tower A, you wait for the room number, hoping that the number they call is not significant to you.
Hearing a different tower letter or room number brings immediate relief. However, every time the silence is broken by a “Code Blue,” stress levels spike and the collective blood pressure of the waiting room goes up. It’s a tense moment for everyone.
At first, I thought we would just have to endure this emotional roller coaster. But after a while, I knew that I needed to find a way to turn this negative into something positive. I could learn to cope, or find another way.
It was then I realized that, in most cases, the person who is the subject of the call, the person who may be about to die, now has a chance to live… all because the “Code Blue Team” was called to action.
That which was once an unsettling interruption had become an announcement of an opportunity for someone to live!
Instead of being fearful, I was thankful for the “Code Blue” team. I was thankful they were trained and ready to be called into action when needed.
The announcements didn’t change. The only difference was that I re-set my mind. I looked for the positive and found a way to transform my thinking.
In what area of life do you need to re-set your thinking? What could that do for you?