Re:Not Happy

Blimey, I do moan sometimes…
I'm afraid that occasionally (very occasionally) I'm not my normal happy-go-lucky killer of little old ladies. I think I've tied down what it is that had me so depressed yesterday.

1) This is the sixth day of work, and I've had to get up early in the morning.

2) Hungry, I was definitely hungry.

3) The weather is very dark and dismal – where has our summer gone?

4) I've got a runny nose, guess I'm fighting off some form of infection.

5) Lack of sleep.

6) The lack of anything approaching 'sickness' in the flood of patients who desperately need an ambulance.

So there is my excuse. Does it work?

So today, it's the seventh day at work, I'm still hungry, the weather is unchanged, as is the slight runniness of my nose and I am, as ever tired.

So what could cheer me up? How about a sick person.

Nope, none of that today…

Of the jobs that I can actually remember, we had a drunk on a bus, a 20 year old man with three hours of diarrhoea, someone who had tripped up a stair (no injury), a kid who'd fell off his bike (no injury) and an RTA with no injuries.

The only notable call was getting sent to a 72 year old female by a local GP with a diagnosis of CVA; the GP hadn't actually seen the patient, and had diagnosed over the phone – he was rather obviously wrong in his diagnosis (it was an rather blatant UTI), but we know this doctor well – he is a twunt.

RTA – Road Traffic Accident

GP – Primary health provider

CVA – Stroke

UTI – Urinary Tract Infection, bladder infection

10 thoughts on “Re:Not Happy”

  1. Hello there from New Zealand. Just thought I'd drop you a line and say thanks for keeping me awake for an extra few minutes every day – I've added checking your blog onto my daily routine of reading at least sixteen online papers while I wait for the weekend to arrive (office job – how'd you guess??) Keep up the good work.Tereze

  2. Twunt, what a fabulous word, have missed out on using that one, although I do often use the second part of it with it's correct prefix!Robin

  3. Ah, twunt doctors. The pain in my mother's shoulder and arm was diagnosed by her doctor as sciatica.It was lung cancer.

    I have you on my Must Read blog list. Hope the infection goes away.

    Poss, sunny but cold (for us) Perth. The one in Australia, not the other one(s).

  4. And here I was thinking the ambulance service was designated as an emergency service!I don't know how you hold your patience, I really don't!

  5. good old telephone diagnoses.to date we've had 1 abdominal aortic aneurysm diagnosed by a GP over the telephone, apparently he asked the patient to put the phone to his tummy.

    (oh yes and children with chest infections needing hospitalisation of course. just put the phone to their chest.)

    :>

  6. good old telephone diagnoses.to date we've had 1 “abdominal aortic aneurysm” diagnosed by a GP over the telephone, apparently he asked the patient to put the phone to his tummy.

    (oh yes and children with chest infections needing hospitalisation of course. just put the phone to their chest.)

    re-minisce

    :>

  7. Nasty business these misdiagnoses. Could they be happening because a) doctors aren't actually examining patients and b) many doctors don't know their arse from their elbow, much less their patients'. No, that's probably a tad unfair, but I am constantly surprised by the way GPs in this country make lightning-fast decisions based on nothing more than a quick glance. Maybe they should have a quota of 'false callouts' above which they have to buy the ambulance crew a round of drinks for every wasted callout.

  8. Oh…God…Yes…You could even set the quota high and still have ambulance people forced into alcoholism.

  9. Thank you so much for a great laugh at the end of my shift. That is taking telephone diagnosis a step further….a step further into absurdity.

  10. ahhh misdiagnosis.My gp spotted the blatently obvious tonsilitus.

    I was in and out of that office in 30 seconds.

    He completely missed the accompanying septacaemia.

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