Friday, December 23, 2005

'Tis The Season For Miracles

I knew there was a reason I didn't want to be a home health nurse.

I flunked Bathtub Fundamentals.

I was unable to differentiate between soap scum and an acute exacerbation of mold.

The primordial ooze probably started in my bathroom.

I find it amazing that scrubbing bathrooms was considered a nursing function.

I don't even like scrubbing patients!


The Christmas season is full of miraculous stories.

The Emergency Department is full of miraculous stories, too. I've been witness to a few of them.

I have witnessed the birth of a child from a woman who was not pregnant and had never been sexually active.

I have seen the miraculous appearance of track marks on the arms of a person who has never even thought of using drugs and has no idea how she got that awful abcess/cellulitis.

I'll never forget the teenager whose family found him slumped over a toilet seat one holiday afternoon. They would have thought is was the flu except that he "just wasn't himself". He never drank. His ETOH level was .23. Truly a miracle.

A patients experiences a miraculous loss of all friends, relatives, and acquaintances when it comes time to leave the ER. A taxi voucher is their only way home and they can't call the person who brought them to the ER because they work!

And let us not forget the miraculous methamphetamine presence in the urine tox of those who never use meth.

I've had patients have a miraculous onset of destitution when it comes to filling a prescription. Or maybe it's a miraculous windfall that allowed them to purchase the alcohol and cigarettes in their paper bag.

It's not that I'm cynical this holiday season, I'm really the least cynical person I know.

But....will someone please tell me if I have "stupid" stamped on my forehead?


At 12/23/2005 07:59:00 AM, Blogger kenju said...

Those are right up there along with the women who told their docs they had not had sex, but there are sperm all over their Pap smear!

I think from all these old ads featuring nurses, that nurses used to be held in higher esteem than they are now. If they were used to sell all sorts of products, we must have thought they were worthy of listening to, huh?

I still do think that, of course!
Merry Christmas!

At 12/23/2005 08:24:00 AM, Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I worked with a doc once--the one who nicknamed me Hannah--who was, by his definition an "old ER doc." I worked with him in an Urgent Care Clinic for a number of years.

He (more than once) offered to personally pay for the child's prescription if the mother would dump her purse out and he didn't find cigarettes.

NO ONE ever took him up on the offer.

Merry Christmas, Kim, to you and yours!

At 12/23/2005 09:57:00 AM, Anonymous Susan said...

I too have witnessed these miracles!

But what about the patient who was in so much pain he had to be transported to our by ambulance, only to walk pissed off, with no pain meds just an hour later?

We figured we just cured him!

At 12/23/2005 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Kim!

Great post. And my personal favorite:

"I was just minding my own business when all of a sudden I was shot/stabbed/punched/hit by a car/________(insert favorite)".


At 12/23/2005 12:45:00 PM, Blogger kirbysnursingadventures said...

oh my gosh when I was reading that at first I thought you actually believed that this woman had never been sexually active...then I kept reading and figured it out.
great entry.

At 12/23/2005 07:21:00 PM, Blogger angry doc said...

"I have witnessed the birth of a child from a woman who... had never been sexually active."

Er... isn't that how we got Christmas to begin with? ;)

Merry Christmas to all!

At 12/24/2005 07:53:00 AM, Blogger The Platypus said...

Cab vouchers? What kind of country club ER is this?

At 12/24/2005 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Kim said...

LOL! All the ERs I've worked in have had vouchers - but they are given out only to those with absolutely no way of getting home and then very rarely.

At 12/24/2005 02:12:00 PM, Anonymous dribear said...

I delivered a baby from a woman who also had never had sex on Christmas day.

We called him Jesus. (Amongst the staff only of course.)


At 12/24/2005 02:25:00 PM, Anonymous dribear said...

I just re-read my last post; let me rephrase that.

Not only did she claim she never had sex on Christmas day, but also the rest of the days of the year too. :)

Dr. ibear

At 12/25/2005 07:21:00 AM, Anonymous Moof said...

Great post Kim! :)

The world is just full of Bewidering Scenarios, isn't it?

Have a great Christmas!


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