Saturday, December 5, 2009

Live! From ER! It's Dr. Grumpy!

I'm on call.

While rounding, I was paged overhead to come down to ER for a stroke that had just arrived. Guy who can't move his right side.

So I'm sitting here in ER, watching him from the nurses' station, waiting for my turn to go in. Nurses are hooking him up to stuff, techs in there drawing blood, an EMT going over info with another nurse.

In the middle of this all the patient is lying there, calmly texting with his left hand.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

so apparently his Wernicke's area is doing just fine. hey, could be doing worse things with his functional hand.

webhill said...

well, I guess that is better than him lying there totally freaking out and trying to punch someone with his left hand, right?

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Kinda makes you wonder what we all did BEFORE we had cell phones!!!! I wonder if the stroke took out his "Oh Shit!!!" reflex?

Jacqueline said...

Now, that's what I call making the best out of a crappy situation!

MJH, CPhT said...

I hate to say it, but that could definitely be me in the future. ;)

lbparker said...

Well, its better than staring at the ceiling. . .

oddharmonic said...

I'm torn. My first thought was to wonder why the patient doesn't have someone with them handling the texting. (I tweeted updates throughout my husband's ER trip following a seizure.) Hot on its heels was "how the heck does someone text one-handed?".

Sparklen said...

That is just fantastic, lol. I know that I never see anyone under the age of 25 without a cell phone texting in hand, but someone of that age? Wow

mojitogirl said...

God forbid you lose your ability to text. Then it's all over. Might as well not live. (can u tell I'm the mother of a teen?)

PharmNerd said...

If he really was having a left MCA stroke, I'd be curious to see what those texts looked like....

Phathead said...

Hmmmm I could envision you typing out a post about your stroke as you were having it hehe

Isn't technology wonderful

pharmacy chick said...

Geez, sounds like something I'd do!I love my txt!

Frantic Pharmacist said...

That is the best one yet, Dr. G. !!!
I would love to see the text...
"OMG hving stroke lol, ttyl"

Barb said...

I suppose that was the best way to let his wife know what was happening?

mommy-medic said...

Impressive- but only if he was spelling stuf out on the 9 digit keypad, not a full qwerty keyboard. :)

(And hey- doesn't that give you a decent neuro assessment? or maybe not, dunno if he was texting gibberish to wrong numbers, lol)

Angelina said...

Too funny, but does not surprise me.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Mommy-Medic: Actually it was QWERTY, just slow going with one hand.

Sparklen: He's a hell of a lot younger than you think. Too young.

Sue D'nyhm said...

This wasn't the business guy that you blogged about a while ago that couldn't get off his phone for his appointment with you and expected you to work around his schedule? Sounds just like something he would have done.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Sue- good point, but no, it wasn't him.

Anonymous said...

there is a generation of people now who could text under 10 tons of wet cement. hopefully they will all be buried with their cell phones and be able to confirm to those remaining the existence of heaven.....or hell.
but then again hopefully god has banned the use of cell phones or it might be too easy to confuse his/her domain with the other place.

MomNurseWife said...

Hmmm....maybe if you build a good rapport, he can come to you for carpal tunnel or another upper extremity nerve pain as an outpatient....

Joann said...

Amazing!! Texting in sick to work?? LOL!!

River said...

Aren't cell phones supposed to be turned off in ER?

Anonymous said...

Anosognosia?

Christy said...

LMAO! He was probably Twittering about it.

ERP said...

Right brain dominant obviously - otherwise he might exhibit "Blackberry Hemineglect"

Anonymous said...

You don't say - how about this guy who twittered at the altar??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSkT5XykJzo

 
Locations of visitors to this page