Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ouch

My 2:00 patient had a large, straight, red mark on her forehead.

Mrs. Amana: "Sorry I'm a little late. I burned my forehead."

Dr. Grumpy: "I see that. What happened?"

Mrs. Amana: "Well, I was ironing some shirts, and needed to do my hair. So to save time I put my head on the ironing board, and started doing my hair, too. Then my phone rang, and I turned my head to answer it and..."

23 comments:

Lynne said...

Good lord... that sounds stupid enough to be an urban legend. Are you trying to tell us that there really ARE people that scatterbrained running around unsupervised?

Officer Cynical said...

"...and that's when the steering wheel knocked over the ironing board and the iron fell on my head!"

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Lynne: She wasn't unsupervised. Her 2 year-old was watching.

Texas Pharmacy Chica said...

...and those kind of people share my gene pool?

Stacey Gordon said...

Time for some Chlorine in the Gene Pool!

Medic2RN said...

At least she used an ironing board instead of placing the iron directly to her head.

bunkywise said...

I have a friend whose mother was ironing and watching her soaps and got distracted. When the phone rang, she picked up the iron and put it to her ear. The caller on the other end may still be experiencing a hearing loss from the resulting screech.

Helen Keller said...

The waffle iron called back.

Ms. Donna said...

Well, she is seeing an alleged neurologist for some reason. Time for the Yak Herder to check for other problems.

brent said...

sounds like a blonde joke.

Anonymous said...

She needs to read recent report on myth of effective multi tasking.

or better yet, what if her reply is the MADE UP story for a far, far worse lapse in judgement (it seemed like a good idea when i first....)

Ledasmom said...

Last time I heard this, it was a joke with the punchline "Well, I had to call 911."

Nurse Lilly said...

Didn't they do that on "Laverne & Shirley" ?

Anonymous said...

I hope she had really long hair. Ow.

Li'l Azathoth said...

"Then I decided to play Angry Birds..."

Luckymom22 said...

Finally, a reason to give up ironing.

Luckymom22 said...

People still iron?

bobbie said...

Was she blonde???

Anonymous said...

I'm from the generation long before flat irons were invented to straighten hair. I remember getting together with my girlfriends to straighten each others hair with a clothes iron. So, incidences of which you write about were common, add to that burnt ears, burns on the neck that looked like "hickies," burnt hair from leaving the iron on the hair too long, etc. Those were fun days.

Anonymous said...

I really hope it wasn't a wrong number or telemarketer

kevel88 said...

Well, sounds stupid, HOWEVER!! When I was pregnant, I was ironing my uniform and inadvertently my overhanging belly!! Ouch!

Library-Gryffon said...

When my husband was in the Navy he used to get the Friday accident report, usually referred to as the Friday Funnies. I remember several cases of young men deciding their shirts needed ironing *after* they had put them on. Being young and stupid they did not immediately see the need for taking said shirts off before commencing ironing....

Hence their inclusion in the weekly accident report.

Charles said...

Hey, while this sounds like an urban legend I can tell you that such stuff is real and otherwise smart people really do such stupid things.

Case in point, when I college, we had a friend who showed up one day with a really big red mark on her neck. We all took to kidding her boyfriend to not leave such obvious "love bites." He responded by saying (a little too gleefully, in my opinion) "go ahead dear, tell everyone what happened"

It turned out that she notice that the collar of her blouse was a little wrinkled after she put it on and decide to iron it, and to "save time" (just like your patient Dr. Grumpy - maybe she is the same lady?) she decide to not take it off. Ouch!

 
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