Thursday, April 1, 2010

Guessing games

Dr. Grumpy: "Your blood pressure is 148/80. Where does it usually run?"

Mrs. Sphyg: "Oh, in the upper-higher, lower range."

Dr. Grumpy: "What do you mean by that?"

Mrs. Sphyg: "You know, where the upper number is higher than the bottom number."


webhill said...

I guess if they really don't have any medical background, I can understand this one. Not like the people who are all shocked and amazed when I explain that yes, male dogs have nipples (and by the way sir, I really don't want to see you topless if you didn't understand that male mammals have nipples).

Taking Heart said...

You couldn't make that up... lol.

Unknown said...

Better than the alternative, I guess.

Anonymous said...

That sound wrong. I mean, even in the patient's head, that had to sound wrong. Or not...that would explain why he needs a neurologist.

Goop fail?

And I'm sorry that no one wished you a happy doctor's day. Belated happies to you!

student dr. blaze said...

i hope you told her that if her upper number was lower than her lower number she'd be in deep shit. i also dig the sphygnanometer reference. isn't that a great word?! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Easy come, easy go, little high, little low.

Kat's Kats said...

Good Heavens!! I was trained to pay attention to my normal bp from the time I was a child! How can you tell if you're sick if you don't know what 'normal' is for your body? I've taught my children the same thing.

@student dr. blaze - I do too!! My pediatrician always used the proper words for things, as did his nurses. Now I get off on watching the look on medical professionals faces when I use that word. ::giggle::

Anonymous said...

it's sphygmomanometer

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