Today is National Resident Awareness Day!
What does that mean? Well, we residents were offered free coffee and muffins (which I missed secondary to clinical duties), given tacky “ask what I do” stickers to wear (well, some people were… I missed free coffee and muffins, so I also missed the sticker op) and otherwise carry on as normal. So, basically I carried on as normal (although they did clap for the residents at grand rounds this morning).
Despite my non-festiveness for resident awareness day, I will now incorporate the festivities into today’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s list is my top ten favourite characters from a genre of your choice. I am choosing the medical fiction genre (thus, books that include anything medicine-connected) just so that I can say I did something “festive.”
- Hazel from The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I know this is kind of crazy, but if I were 16 with terminal cancer, I would have been like her. Not like I can predict that because who knows what I actually would have been like. But, she is my 16 year old self, but with a terminal illness. She was appropriately cynical and yet realistic in her outlook and ended up being a great friend and daughter in the end. Awesomeness.
- Augustus from The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I liked how he was ironic by carrying around cigarettes and not smoking. I like how he was selfless and loved abundantly. I would want him to be my friend.
- The Fat Man from The House of God by Samuel Shem. Although he was an ass, this senior resident was hilarious and I love his rules and approach to life, even if I would never want to emulate it as such.
- Henrietta Lacks and family from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta was one tough lady who did a lot to help her family in her short life. The impact of the cells taken from her body shaped the world, but her family was inspirational once I learned all they had been through.
- Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. Yes, if you haven’t read past book one, spoiler alert: he becomes a doctor. I liked him as a character, even though I think he and Anne could have gotten over themselves a bit sooner.
- Christopher John Francis Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. I loved how this book got you into this kid’s head. I also appreciated the look it gave us into the world of Autism spectrum.
- Heidi from Heidi by Johanna Spyri. I love this kid’s spunky, chipper spirit. And the way she loves people well is super cool too.
- Faith from Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. Although this book still disturbs and perplexes me a bit (particularly the end), I did really like this kid. She was sweet and kind and the kind of kid you want… Minus the stigmata and such.
- Rob from the Dawn Rochelle series by Lurlene McDaniel. I may come off as a jerk here, but Dawn Rochelle annoyed me from time to time in this series. I, however, love her older brother to bits… He is the perfect older brother (and a bone marrow donor to boot… Woot woot).
- Morrie from Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. I really liked Morrie. He took his illness in stride and passed on what he could. Plus, I appreciate how frank and honest he was about it all.
Who are some of your favourite medically related characters in fiction?