Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday evening, 6:18 p.m.

Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy. You called earlier?"

Mr. Husband: "Hi, doc. Hey, sorry my wife couldn't come to her appointment today. She's had such a bad migraine it's unbelievable. She's been so dizzy with it she can't drive or ride in a car. She can't even get out of bed."

Dr. Grumpy: "I'm sorry. Has it gotten any better this afternoon?"

Mr. Husband: "No, if anything it's worse. She's barely able to move."

Dr. Grumpy: "Can I talk to her?"

Mr. Husband: "Not right now. She's out in the yard climbing a tree, trying to get the cat down. Can she call you back when she's done?"

29 comments:

Donkaloosa said...

Say what??? Do you have any normal, sane patients???

sudriveraine said...

Brilliant, just brilliant. I'm a new reader (I discovered your blog this week) and I just wanted to say thanks for writing. I appreciate your sense of humour and laughed quite a bit in the process of reading through your archives. Keep up the good work!

ottawatravelagent said...

Brilliant, just brilliant. I'm a new reader (I discovered your blog this week) and I just wanted to say thanks for writing. I really like your sense of humour, and got quite a laugh reading through your archives. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I wish I was barely able to move. I haven't climbed a tree since I was a kid.

legalalien said...

wow - a true testament to the human spirit and the desire to drive on despite grave odds!

The Mother said...

When I had migraines, I still occasionally had to do mom things--chasing kids, driving cars. Never climbed a tree.

The one thing I never did was miss a neuro appt. They kept me alive.

Crownedwithvictory said...

Migraines do not stop a woman from doing what has to be done. My husband would never climb a tree for a cat either.

Moose said...

What she told him to say vs. what's actually going on. Hello, passive-aggression calling.

The Bus Driver said...

Fail.

mommanator said...

thanks Grumpy I needed that. I am an often viewer but only leave comments every once in awhile. Keep up the good work! I love it!

Ms Lynette said...

I've crawled and climbed to do some necessary things, including go after a runaway dog, and then collapsed again after. But dizzy and climbing a tree when husband is in the house on the phone? Not a snowballs chance in you know where!

Angelina said...

I didn't see that coming! : )

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

I wish you had said"don't you think it should be you in the tree instead of her?' But then he would have said"'hell no, its her cat."

Kim said...

Well, in her defense....when my son was born I had an emergency c-section at 1am. By 6am I was taking a shower, by myself (hey, I felt dirty and gross), then the 2nd day at the hospital I had had enough and checked us out of the hospital, an hour after I got home I was cooking dinner, 6 days after my son was born I drove 700 miles to have Christmas with my family, and 4 weeks later I ran 6 miles. So....I can almost understand climbing a tree with a migraine. ;)

Amy said...

Wow. As a migraine sufferer who knows what it's like to have those headaches so bad you can barely move, I cannot figure this one out at all.

Anonymous said...

Kim, of all of the things you mentioned doing,none of them seemed like good decisions.

Swami Dil said...

I think she just gave Mr.Husband the old 'I have a headache' routine.......and he fell for it!!

Mugdha said...

wow. I remain amazed at the fact that you seem to manage to keep some shred of professionalism while dealing with patients like this.

ERP said...

Narcotic request Fail.

Anonymous said...

And, why would someone climb a tree to get a cat? The cat will come down sooner or later on its own. Has anyone ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree? I didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

Now you know how I feel. I'm the caretaker in an adult foster care home. One of the residents had "migraines" so bad she couldn't go to rehab all week, but she managed to go shopping every day with her boyfriend. Did I mention she went to the ER 4 out of those 5 days? And that she's on state insurance, so is not going to pay a dime for those trips? And that she has a million pills she could take instead?

I call shenanigans. Totally. And I sympathize.

Julie said...

lie FAIL

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 6:36 pm, what's an "adult foster care home"?

101Md said...

LOL! I can honestly say I've never been tempted to climb a tree while I was suffering from a migraine. Now, as a child, I *may* have been climbing a tree directly before the sudden onset of a migraine (concussion, anyone?)...and/or broken wrist... :-/ You have the funniest patients, Dr. Grumpy!!

Anonymous said...

They live here and go to rehab at a nearby hospital -- they're all over 18 -- because of physical, emotional, whatever sort of impairments they can't live alone and need help with various activities of daily living. I don't know how else to describe it. The goal is to get them to relearn independent living skills and get out of here back to their families or whatnot. Does that help?

Arzt4Empfaenger said...

So instead of driving her up the walls it's driving her up the tree(s)...? Nutcase (the husband, probably).

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone doesn't want to pay the co-pay because they didn't give notice in time, so they are trying to make excuses so you won't bill them for it due to an extraordinary circumstance...

Anonymous said...

Maybe the tree IS her bed?

ER Murse said...

Must be one of those magic migraines that just keeps you from doing the things you don't want to do, like go to work, but let you do all the fun things. Sort of like the nausea that asks for a work excuse, while sittong in triage eating cheetos.

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