Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tell it Like it Is

I've got a junkie over in the ICU, who overdosed on a bunch of stuff yesterday. She was on a ventilator (a breathing machine) this morning, but they were going to see if she improved enough today to get her off it.

So I called over there a minute ago to talk to her nurse:

Dr. Grumpy: "How'd she do this morning?"

Nurse Icu: "She's more awake, and we got her off the ventilator, but may have to put her back on again."

Dr. Grumpy: "Why? Is she still having trouble breathing?"

Nurse Icu: "No, she's just a bitch."

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

BWAHahahahahahahahahaa!

Do not torment the nursing staff: they can make your life miserable.

>:)

D

a corgi said...

LOL!!! I love it

betty

Don Miller said...

My Dad had knee replacement surgery on Monday. As predicted, he has been a difficult patient.

Yesterday (Tuesday), a nurse asked my Mom how many years they have been married, my Mom replied, 44 years.

Nurse said, 'those must have been some long years'.

My Mom laughed, my Dad grumped.

Anonymous said...

That is a great response! Just wish it were actually possible..without getting sued.

Liz said...

That's great!

rxpert26 said...

To this day I still don't understand how nurses can do their jobs!

ccw said...

Ahhh if we could all be so honest

Anonymous said...

In my long years of experience, most junkies are bitches. That is unless they want something from you, then they are just manipulative.

Theresa said...

Ooh, I love this post. I wish I could do things like that in my job. Nurses are truly angels. I could never do their job. I'm not patient enough.

John Woolman said...

Sigh. Reminds me of the time, back when naloxone was just becoming available, when I intubated and hand ventilated an unconscious female "problem drug user", until the naloxone arrive, gave her the wonder medicine, and she woke up, extubated herself and started hitting me with the endotracheal tube. There may be "that of God' in everyone/every patient, but sometimes it's hard to see it. Then humour is the only defence.

Fiz said...

I love that! Never mess with a nurse! (My mum was one!)

Chris@Maugeritaville said...

Beautiful. The ventilator-as-attitude-adjustment philosophy.

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

Loved it!

danielle said...

Gotta love her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(The nurse that is!!)

notratched said...

Bwah hah hah! I'm-a be laughing for an hour or so on that one.

Maha said...

Amen to that sistah!

mojitogirl said...

Yeah that sounds like me. Too bad we can't vent the kids and the pets (and the significant other, ESPECIALLY the significant other) on a frequent basis.

My motto: two vented patients make for a wonderful night!

Dragonfly said...

I have yet to meet an ICU nurse who isn't particularly awesome.

Spook, RN said...

Therapeutic intubation

 
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