Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by gapsych, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I am sure that many of us can identify with the following.


    A story for all who have been through the multiple rounds of medical histories upon entering an emergency department.

    A good friend found herself in a local ED with symptoms of appendicitis. The first medical history was taken by the triage nurse. Then, another nurse. Then, an intern. Then, a resident. Finally, the attending arrived, and he started the process again, writing while talking and making no eye contact.

    By this time, my friend had memorized all the questions, and she figured she could speed up the process by anticipating the next questions and giving the answers in advance of their being asked. "Have you ever had abdominal surgery?" "Yes," she replied, and proceeding to the next as yet unasked questions, offered, "It was a complete hysterectomy, and it was three years ago."

    Without pause, and without thinking, he said, "Is there any chance you are pregnant?"

    She, feverish and in pain, raises up one elbow, looks directly into his eyes and says, "Either you are trying to introduce some levity into this situation, or that is the dumbest question you ever asked."

    He turns deep red and leaves the room without another word.

    Moral of the story: In a busy environment like an ED, it is all too easy for providers to go on "automatic pilot" and not really pay attention to what the patient is saying.
  2. SweetT

    SweetT New Member

    I also hate when I call into doctor's offices, give them my medical record number first, and then start to give my request, and they stop me and ask for my medical record number. People are just too mechanical. I'd rather deal with recordings than mechanical people.
  3. monica33flowers

    monica33flowers New Member

    I sure wish I would have had that remark about a week ago while in the hospital. I swear if I had a dollar for everytime I heard that remark I would have at least $100. LOL.

    I told so many nurses, technicians and dr.'s this, "I had a hysterectomy in 2007." And everytime the next remark is, "could you be pregnant"? I always laughed and said, "it would have to be some kind of miracle." They always chuckled and were embarrassed by their mistake.

    BILLCAMO New Member

    Please excuse the pun........;>0 :>O

    Blessings ,