Yesterday, more snow fell in New York City than at any other time since record-keeping began. And I was working in the ER during the storm's peak hours.

Patient volume was down for a Sunday, but only a little. And, while we had some shoveling-induced chest pain toward the end of the day, the majority of patients I saw had the same routine complaints as any other day: Headache for a month, cough and sore throat for a week, and so on. Pretty remarkable, really. The only difference in my practice was my standard opener, which changed from:
What brings you in today?

What, in the name of all that is good and decent, brings you in today?

New Yorkers are clearly resilient to external influences, but perhaps not as tough when their troubles arise from within.