Monday, November 25, 2013

Telephone book

Mary: "Dr. Grumpy's office, this is Mary."

Mrs. Frantic: "I need you guys to get my Dad in today! I think he had a stroke, or a seizure, or a heart attack, or one of those things!"

Mary: "Calm down, ma'am... Have we ever seen your father before?"

Mrs. Frantic: "No! He's visiting from California! And he's not acting like himself."

Mary: "Okay, we don't have any openings today, and I think your best option is to take him to ER."

Mrs. Frantic: "But he needs a work-up NOW! You need to see him and do tests and stuff!"

Mary: "I understand that, but we can't do those tests in our office. That's why you need to take him to emergency."

Mrs. Frantic: "I don't want to take him to ER! He needs to see a neurologist!"

Mary: "We can't see him today, and so..."

Mrs. Frantic: "FINE! I'll just move on to the 'H's'."



Anonymous said...

It seems some people don't know what an ER is for. Perhaps they should visit a neurologist (or buy a dictionary).

Library-Gryffon said...

So, how many other neurology offices had already told her to take him to the ER because he'd need tests they couldn't do at the office?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I'd say all the ones starting with A through F.

Anonymous said...

By now she has probably reached Z.

Pe2pa said...

Sadly I don't think she got to Z.

The poor chap is probably dead by now.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me how long some people will wait before going to the ER...even in a clear emergency.

On the other hand, people like me can make an emergency out of anything. Last week I was ready to tell my husband he needed to go to the ER. He had weird pain and cramping in his legs that started shortly after a plane flight. CLEARLY a blood clot un his leg (DVT) even though he is healthy and the flight was short. Fortunately before I made fools of both of us...he realized his new socks were just WAY too tight.

Packer said...

Pre select your ER, one by me is in a "World Class" hospital, I would not take my chance there as prior experience says they aren't that good. Another suburban hospital gets you in and seen in record time. So check out your local ERs before you need them.

Ms. Donna said...

Poor man!

But ERs (I refuse to call them EDs)have an evil reputation. Seems that one or two (looks up an whistles) got into the paper and now everyone has a horror story.

>Sarcasm mode firmly on<
Still the stupidity of this lady. To pass up the chance of a perfectly good lawsuit against a hospital when the ER "bungles" and he winds up dead or worse, "locked in," is criminal.

>Sarcasm mode off<

BTW, have you given Mary a raise recently?

instant student said...

By the time she gets to Z his golden window or how you Dr.s call it will be closed. :(
Poor man!

Mathi Bear said...

He probably had a flask in his pocket and took a couple surreptitious swigs to help him deal with his neurotic kid. Now he's a little drunk and she thinks he had a stroke.

Mark p.s.2 said...

"It amazes me how long some people will wait"
You want/and can afford to pay a $20,000.00 Emergency Department bill?

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