Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday re-runs

Due to yet more Scouting activities today, I'm re-posting a touching ICU moment.


This morning I was called to evaluate a 23 year-old lady who was found
floating face down in her pool. Probable suicide attempt.

While I was writing my chart note a nurse came over to tell me that the
patient's fiancé was on the phone, and wanted to talk to a doctor about
what was going on. I picked up the phone and had the following
conversation:

Dr. Grumpy: "Hello?."

Mr. Fiancé: "Yeah, are you the doctor taking care of my fiancé, Jane Doe?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Yes sir."

Mr. Fiancé: "Are her car keys there? 'Cause it's my car, and I need it back."

Dr. Grumpy: (astounded) "No sir, there aren't any car keys here."

Mr. Fiancé: "Well, did she leave a note saying where the car keys were, or where she left my car parked? I need it, because I have stuff to do today."

Dr. Grumpy: "No, sir, nothing like that"

Mr. Fiancé: "Well, you're no help to me" (hangs up).

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

(Stunned. No words.)

PA Supertammy said...

He sounds like a great catch.

Anonymous said...

Death would be preferable to marriage to him...

Mallory said...

That level of support and concern would explain the suicide attempt.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how you can stay so calm-headed when people say things like that. I mean your F'n Fiance was found unconscious / not breathing in a pool and your worried about your keys?!?!

Advice to the patient: dump his ass.

Watercolor said...

Awesome. She has the same taste in men I do! sigh.

ERP said...

The main question is what phallic symbol/sex toy is your son going to make this weekend? This "scouting" activity is not held in the nether regions of a Catholic Church is it?

Anonymous said...

I agree that he may be a jerk.

Then again, there is unfortunately so much people can handle, and they respond to stressful situations in different ways.

Eileen said...

Strikes me she tried to get out of being with him. Did she leave a note? OMG ...

Lois said...

Touching indeed. I'm sure she deserved better.

Anonymous said...

Well, I know people who have handle family/friends suicide attempts exactly the same way.

If she cared so little about living, why should he get in a foam over it?

World doesn't stop when someone dies, he's got stuff to do. (near fatal eye roll here.)

Yeah, I know. Not how I would handle it.

SkullCandy

fourwilkies said...

I hope she broke off the engagement. She'd be better off with a nice dog for company.

Anonymous said...

No wonder she is suicidal.

Amanda in AK said...

I'm sure she deserves better too - but may always pick the worst. Women in a situation like that don't believe they can do any better.

The Mother said...

Are we sure it was a suicide, and not murder?

CrownedwithVictory said...

If I were going to commit suicide over a person, I would totally take their car keys first!

dances said...

Well if it was murder, surely he would know where he put the damn keys.?!

Anonymous said...

You doctors must be patient people. Id have torn that guy a new rectal cavity.

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't suicide, hope you'll testify at his hearing. Charming young man.

not securely anchored said...

Hope his car keys are on the bottom of the pool.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mr. Sensitivity needed his car to hit the singles bar scene?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr. Sensitive was planning to like, drive her home.....

Packer said...

I was feeling a Monday morning blues thing, now I am just plain depressed.

 
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