Thursday, December 30, 2010

That about covers it

While seeing a new consult at the hospital last night, I found this line in the admitting doctor's note:

"I think the patient had a TIA, or stroke, or headache, or some other type of neurology thing."

21 comments:

Wayne Conrad said...

Sheesh. It's that old joke: What do you call the person who graduated last in class at medical school?

Anonymous said...

A hospitalist?

Linda said...

Happy New Year DR Grumpy.

Albinoblackbear said...

In the CHART? In a LEGAL DOCUMENT??? Wow.

I worked as a sexual assault nurse examiner years ago and one of the aspects of the training was to drive home the fact that one day your charting could be held up in front of a judge and jury--could you imagine a lawyer reading that out in front of an entire courtroom???

Some people really don't get it.

The Mother said...

This is, of course, why he called you.

RehabNurse said...

Wayne:

LOL! That was a relative's favorite joke.

Grumpy:

Hello...wouldn't r/o TIA been a little more professional? Or am I expecting too much? Now you have proof Dr. Idiot really is an idiot

Anonymous said...

Wow, if that is the mental prowess floating thru meds school, maybe I should apply.

"Neurology thing"? What would make that statement better, is if it said "neurology stuff."

Is English this person's first language? (Looking to cut soem slack here)

SkullCandy

Just Thelma said...

Well at least the A.D. narrowed it down for you. ;-)

Doris said...

I know you're a doctor and all, but don't you just hate all that technical-medico jargon sometimes?

*cough*

Happy New Year to you and the Fam

>:)

Kathy G said...

As long as this doctor is practicing, you'll have a job!

Anonymous said...

Well, we could be grateful that he, at least, wasn't concerned about a 'neuro thingy'.

Kat's Kats said...

::head:laptop:: This is the point of time when I wish I was able to say things like "Excuse me, Mr/s. Idiot, would you please leave my room and call me a real doctor?" or ring for a real medical professional, such as a nurse and say, "I'm sorry but could you find me Mr/s. Idiot's supervisor and have them removed. I need a real doctor."

Unfortunately I normally am in so much pain in these situations that it's hard to do this and my husband isn't very good at it. ::sigh::

ERP said...

Was that Happy Hospitalist? No wait, I am absolutely sure he would never call a neuro consult.

Amanda in AK said...

Apparently, someone slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Packer said...

For $5000 dollars name some other type of Neurology Thing

Uh, Uh, Uh

Time is up Doctor.

Anonymous said...

That's genuinely frightening.

Amy said...

If "some type of neurology thing" is the standard, I could be a doctor.

Mind of Me said...

Several years ago I went to the ER with what ended up being diagnosed as a TIA....the ER doc told my family I had a sinus infection. Left side was numb, I had no short term memory, among other symptoms. He said that 19 year olds in otherwise good health don't have strokes. It was either a sinus infection or a migraine.

It's frightening.

M2 said...

My attending was less than impressed recently when I described a patient's fungus-ridden finger as "kind of funky".

June Clever said...

That's hilarious, especially considering that when my husband went to the ER with stroke like symptoms, the doctor basically DXed him with "TIA, or stroke, or headache, or some other type of neuro thingy". Happened a year ago and we still don't know what really happened.

gabbiana said...

Man, if you're gonna take the time to write all that, why not "suspect neuro etiology"? Then you get fancy points without committing to any diagnosis at all! Plus, you know, you don't use "neurology thing" in a legal document.

 
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