Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hospital Fun

I got called to the hospital yesterday afternoon. Nice old lady (80 +) who got a steroid shot in her back for pain. There were some complications with the shot, and she was (temporarily) paralyzed in both legs.

So, I checked her MRI to make sure nothing horrible had happened, and then went to meet with she and her husband. By the time I got there she was already improving.

Dr. Grumpy: "So you're feeling better now?"

Mrs. Oldbutcute: "Yes, but I was completely paralyzed for a while."

Dr. Grumpy: "Well, that was the medication, and it's wearing off now. It caused you to be dead from the waist down."

Mr. Oldbutcute: "Hell, doc, she's been dead from the waist down for 40 years."

He ducked as a copy of Newsweek came flying at him.


Jacqueline said...

Too funny :) Happy Thanksgiving to the Grumpy family!

MJH, CPhT said...

Classic. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Fiz said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dr Grumpy and Tribe and to all other addicts here!

Flavius said...

That's just awesome! Happy Turkey Day!


ER's Mom said...

Doncha love it when there are moments like that with patients?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

ER's Mom- Yes, those are the moments that keep the job fun.

Mary refers to couples like that as "Costanzas".

student dr. blaze said...

That's awesome. She sounds like a toughbutcute old bird. :-)

Happy Turkey Day, Dr. Grumpy! Thanks for keeping us all laughing despite the chaos. ;-)

S3XinthePantry said...

I've been meaning to tell you that i LOVE the names you give your pts & their families!

Anonymous said...

Haha, he's lucky it was only a copy of newsweek. If i said that to my partner, i'd probably have to run for it.

Rebecca S. said...

I think that guy's lucky his wife was temporarily paralysed!

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