Thursday, June 21, 2012

Airborn drug transference

Dr. Grumpy: "I'm going to start you on Coumadin."

Mr. Wisconsin: "But I'm already on it!"

Dr. Grumpy: "You are? I didn't see that in your chart..."

Mr. Wisconsin: "Well, I mean, I'm not on it myself, but my wife takes it. So wouldn't that cover me, too? Just from being near her a lot?"

31 comments:

Kim said...

When I was in college studying psychology I came across a person in one of the clinics who just could not understand why his wife had gotten pregnant because she was on birth control medication. Sometimes she'd forget to take it so he'd take it instead...

And then there is my aunt. My aunt is a sweet but rather naive older woman. She once was talking to me on the phone but didn't want to talk too long because I had a cold and she didn't want to catch it.

Amanda said...

No. People are not that stupid. They just can't be or the world is doomed.

aek said...

I think I'm in the beyond stoopid category with this one: why is he named Mr Wisconsin? Cheese head? As in holey Swiss, Batman?

I foresee a new governmental cost savings measure: physicians only get to issue one prescription of each medication per household

Texas Pharmacy Chica said...

"Mr. Wisconsin"

Hilarious!!

Anonymous said...

Internal water sports?

Gracie's Mom said...

Here we have an example of Darwinism at it's finest.

Anonymous said...

They must be married a long time.

Grumpy PharmD said...

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation And Really Ignorant Nuts

Anonymous said...

With that logic we all need to hold our breath around drug addicts, or the world would be a bit too hallucinogenic...

mary beth said...

He just got Coumadin confused with cooties

Anonymous said...

Perfectly logical. I became the intellextual I am today merely by placing a big thick book under my pillow every night while I slept (saved all kinds of hassle of reading it). By virtue of the osmotic process all its embedded knowledge would transfer to my brain. Ta da!

The only downside of this was that the stuffin' in my pillow tended to be smarter than me :-(

Anonymous said...

Coumadin (Warfarin) was named after the research facility is was developed in. WARF or Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

I continue to be amazed at the depth of Dr. Grumpy's knowledge as well as his readers! I instantly recognized the reference to Mr. Wisconsin, but wasn't sure anyone else would.

dr.v said...

Too bad Percocet doesn't work like that. I'd have a lot less drug seekers in my ER.

Anonymous said...

Probably best not to tell him he'll be taking rat poison.

Madeline said...

My husband is on Coumadin. I'm supposed to take it, too, but don't want to.

Phil did some research, and found that Coumadin is transferable through semen, so as long we have sex 3 times a day he says I don't have to take the pills. So far so good!

Anonymous said...

to Madeline:

"...honest honey, it says here right on the label, medicine MUST be taken orally!"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:26, you must have had Mr Toews for high school history too! Are you from Winnipeg? That's what he told us to do!

LicensedtoPill said...

Love that you called him Mr. Wisconsin.

LicensedtoPill said...

Love the Mr. Wisconsin reference.

Anonymous said...

I guess we know what the 'D" stands for in STD...drug.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:37: I thought I would be the only one who got the Wisconsin reference...but I went to pharmacy school in the building across the street from WARF.

rapnzl rn said...

Cheesehead Contingent checking in. We've been the butt of the nation's jokes here....oh, since about 1848.

Touche', Dr. G! Ya had me ROFL. Just what I needed after a condensed week at the asylum.

(btw, the WARF is a local medical joke institution....for those who know, anyway....)

Anonymous said...

LOVE the WI reference! I'm such a nerd. Thanks Dr G. How you keep your sanity is a mystery :)

Anonymous said...

I picked up on the Mr. Wisconsin thing, too. Ahhhh, I love clever wit....
Theresa, RN

heidi said...

I can't believe he's married.

--Sunrise-- said...

OK... as a medical student SICK of hearing the words 'Warfarin' and 'INR', I choose to blame the lack of understanding of the Wisconsin reference on my being in England, thankyouverymuch :P

I understood the Wisconsin reference after a kind soul in the comments above explained it, but could another kind Yank soul please explain the cheese thing? Or is that a medicine thing I am blissfully unaware of? :P

And oh, Coumadin. We just call it Warfarin over here. Super cool, thanks doc!

Jenna said...

Sunrise - Wisconsin has a very large number of farms, and hence, cows. So, they use the milk to make cheese, and so became famous for making very good cheese.

--Sunrise-- said...

@Jenna: thanks! :-)

rapnzl rn said...

Sorry, Sunrise. We've been the butt of the nation's jokes for so long we forget that not everyone in the world knows that not only is Wisconsin America's Dairyland, but our fanatic NFL Packer fans are proudly referred to as Cheeseheads. (Really. They wear cheese on their heads.) We are unafraid to take pride in what others consider ridiculous.

Rampage said...

Not only are lay people really that stupid, sometimes so are MDs. My mom's doctor once told her that her dog's rabies vaccination would cover her in the event they both came into contact with a rabid animal. Really. I'm serious.

AND, my grandparents once had a cat under a six month rabies quarantine. Their veterinarian recommended they contact the health department for advice on rabies prohylaxis. They were advised to get tetanus shots. Really. I'm serious.

Note: In neither case did anyone end up having rabies, but still!

Ms. Donna said...

Glad Rampage has not met ACO (Animal Control Officers) in Baldwin County. They are tireless in tracking down rabies exposure.

Now, to explain how clueless most are about deadly infectious diseases are, a true story. Seems that a litter of four raccoon cubs were found in a Baldwin County Ala. attic. One of the guys said that Mama Raccoon had been killed somehow.

Yes, raccoons of all sizes are darn cute. And baby raccoons are cutest of all. So guy and co-hort decided to adopt the critters. One presented a pair of kits to his grandchildren who lived in another part of the state.

For the readers who are not raccoon-savvy, raccoons are one of the natural soureces of rabies. (yes, you heard me right, RABIES. As in few good outcomes. Usually leading to death in people.)

One of the kits, part of the pair given to the grandchildren got sick. The parents (smart) took it to a vet, who diagnosed you guessed it, rabies. The dx was confirmed when the little critter died and testing was done (look up how that is done for yourself.)

Long story short, 20 people have been exposed. And while rabies shots are not what they were when I was a youngster, it's pretty serious. And to top it off, it IS a disease you can give your partner through intimate contact. So passing on a cheesehead drug is not that far-fetched.

 
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