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Not an Emergency

I have a chronic illness and end up in the ER often for acute exacerbation of tachycardia and dehydration. Anyways, I was sitting in the ER and heard a girl in the hall saying she had chest pain and was breathing loudly. The doctor said he would give her morphine but that it is just a strained muscle. She calmed down and began breathing normally and called a few buddies. Meanwhile, I am severely dehydrated and alarms are going off on my heart monitor and the same doctor has the balls to tell me I am not an emergency since I also have a chronic illness!

Vowel Replaced

EMS write-up of pt history: “Pt had a vowel replaced in his heart.” Now which vowel was it, “A” or “E”?

Foot Fungus

I was sitting at the RN station one morning when the triage nurse walked by with a disgusted look on his face. When I asked him what was wrong he said, “Who comes to the ER at 2:00 in the morning with a foot fungus they’ve had for 2 years?”

Altered Mental Status

Upon picking a patient up off the hospital floor for a transfer, I had an RN tell me she hadn’t given the patient any pain meds in several hours because the patient was allergic to them. Wondering why you’d give them in the first place if she was allergic to them, I requested she describe allergy. “Well I gave her 2mg of Haldol and 2mg of Morphine @1230 and she developed an altered mental status!”

Urine Specimen

A doctor once gave a student a urine specimen to test. The student dipped it showed it had a very large glucose level. The doctor smiled, took the specimen, and drank the contents. Turns out the doctor wanted to have fun with the student and had placed apple juice in the cup.