Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday rounds

I got dragged in to the hospital yesterday for a consult.


Dr. Grumpy: "When did this start?"

Mrs. Stroke: "On Wednesday. I was doing some errands, and suddenly noticed I was dragging my right leg."

Dr. Grumpy: "Why did you wait until today to come to the hospital?"

Mrs. Stroke: "My daughter-in-law's baby shower was yesterday. They don't set themselves up, you know."

17 comments:

Julie said...

sad but beats waiting until after the super bowl or whatever other sporting event people watch ...

Christine said...

So...not a tPA candidate?

Anonymous said...

The world's greatest gandmother-to-be (or perhaps not-to be, depending how compliant she is with medication).

Packer said...

So is dragging one's leg a symptom of something other than vapidity.

Thatgirl said...

Setting out deviled eggs and tacking up pastel streamers is obviously much more important than seeking medical attention.

Kim said...

We went to Disney World last spring and my parents came with us. My parents live 700 miles from us and the plan was they were going to drive down here, spend the night at our house, and then we'd all go to Disney together the next day. We were staying at the Disney campground, they were using our tent. My father is over 70 years old. The day before my parents were supposed to get here we got a call saying my father was in the hospital with pneumonia and they were going to admit him. The next thing I knew is my father said 'HELL NO!' and he checked himself out of the hospital, drove down here, and joined us at Disney and slept in a tent. This is the same guy who drove down here for a visit after undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, which left him very, very, very tired. So, yeah...Mrs. Stoke could be my father.

Polly said...

"And, you know, the thing a new mother wants most is a freshly-handicapped in-law who she'll also have to look after!"

ER's Mom said...

Priorities, Ibee, priorities! Parties ALWAYS come first!
;)

a.generic doc said...

Heck, it was only one leg and she could still drag it around without falling. If it had been a whole side so she couldn't set up the party, that might have made a difference.

Anonymous said...

There is, no doubt, a huge population of females who are saying, "yes, and what's wrong with that?" Insane yes, but Dr. Grumpy, you'd just have to be a woman to understand some of these things. A girl must have her priorities...or just wanna have fun.

clairesmum said...

and health care 'reform' relies in great measure on informed patients who have healthy lifestyles and use preventative care, ongoing care, and emergency care appropriately - NOT!!!!

PharmGamerKid said...

my first thought was the same as Christina's--> not a tPA candidate?

Anonymous said...

This will be used in future to lay guilt trips on daughter-in-law. "I set up your baby shower rather than seeking medical attention even though I had just had a stroke!". This type of MIL is poisonous.

Anonymous said...

And the loving daughter-in-law didn't notice that she was dragging her right leg? Or any of the guests?

Amanda said...

My mom was the same way - just thought she was sick. Do a certain percentage of women do this? Just keep plugging along until they can stop or are stopped?

Anonymous said...

@Amanda - yes. It's not quite the same (really!) but I dragged myself to work for ten days with a throat so sore I could only eat yogurt and I was so feverish I was wearing a sundress when everyone else was in pants and sweaters - I thought it was nothing, just a little virus. It was strep, a very bad case. I'm not sure what finally made me give in, but I'm glad it wasn't heart damage that made me take a day off.

Anonymous said...

Sounds about right. Us Mums keep going until something in our bodies says "Sit your butt down NOW!!".

Happened to me just recently. Had a kidney infection but I was too busy with sick kids, full time work and full time uni to notice. I couldn't work out why I was feeling like death reheated.

To make matters worse, I'm a nurse. My nursing friends have had a good giggle at my expensive. Talk about idiots.

 
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