Blogging may be a bit light over the next few days – The proofs of “Da Book” are in, so I have to carefully check them. As I'm working 12 hour shifts, and it has to be done by Thursday, I've got to concentrate n that rather than my blog.The post before last, concerning the boy with the broken toe – I thought I'd leave it up to you, dear commenter, to decide why I posted it. The main reason was to highlight the attitude that the media often show towards us, and the way that the LAS can only respond with a 'no comment', or 'an investigation is taking place', something I've touched on in previous posts.
The first patient of our shift this morning was a classic example of how patients can often forget a potentially useful part of their medical history. The patient was an elderly man with a general sort of abdominal ache. We quizzed him about his history (nothing especially relevant apart from some possibly constipating drugs), our initial idea was that the patient had constipation.
It was only as we were wheeling him out of his front door that he mentioned that he had diverticulitis – a medical condition that can cause exactly the type of pain he was describing…
At least he mentioned it to us rather than waiting and telling the nurses, making us look like fools, something that happens with some regularity (they'll then go on to tell the doctors something additional, thereby making the nurses look bad).
Right – time tp start the proofreading…
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Sent from a mobile phone, probably from the cab of an ambulance.
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6 thoughts on “”

  1. (Quote)Right – time tp start the proofreading (Quote)With a cup of Tea, no doubt.

    and remember when your eyes start bleeding, you cant sweeze in another chapter

  2. . . . “so I have to carefully check them”. When proof reading, Tom, watch out for those split infinitives. Makes us all look bad.

  3. As a medical student, I can sympathise. We often have patients whom we ask all the right questions to, but they neglect to tell us a key piece of information… until the consultant comes round. No idea why they do it either.

  4. I've now received this post over 30 times. Presumably there is an error on your feed, but perhaps it may be a method of maintaining your post rate without actually doing anything?

  5. I love it when they do that:Me: “now, besides the breathlessness, have you got any chest pain Donald?”

    Patient: “no, none at all”

    Me: “righto, off to hospital then.”

    At hospital:

    Nurse: “now,besides the breathlessness, have you got any chest pain Donald?”

    Patient: “Oh yes dear, for a couple of hours…”

    Nurse: Evil glare at crew…

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