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- Jul 13, '12 by Ruby VeeQuote from soldiernurse22it was a hysterical story! my sister was in graduate school (she has a phd, and she's a suit at a large hospital chain, devoted to slashing budgets, cutting staffing and holding the bedside nurse accountable for any fallout from the above). she was working nights as a shift supervisor while going to school. one night she was called to the er because they'd admitted a patient who was so high on pcp that no one could get near him to examine him. what my sister lacks in clinical skills, she makes up for in sheer determination, so while the guy was attempting to leave the er on foot, taking tiny mincing steps because he was still attached to his gurney by four point leathers, she talked him into slowing down so she could listen to his chest.i just had a long, ridiculous shift. your aside about the patient biting off the head off the littman made me laugh hysterically. i scared the cat.
she was very proud of the brand new littman cardiology scope she had just purchased, and probably more than a little anxious to show it off. (most nurses didn't carry the cardiology scopes in those days.) she got close enough to put it on her patient's chest, and about that time, he wigged out. he was hopping around with the gurney still solidly attached, but did manage to break off the side rails by slamming them into the steel door frame. then he grabbed the brand new littman cardiology scope from around my sister's neck and bit the head right off of hit.
at my sister's scream of rage and fury, the cops descended on mr. pcp and attempted to get his mouth open to remove the littman. no dice. he swallowed that sucker, and it must have been a formidable feat. i cannot imagine how anyone could do such a thing.
gi was called urgently to the er, where they drugged the guy and scoped him. but they couldn't snag the littman and remove it safely, so or time was scheduled. meanwhile, my sister continued to carry on about her brand new littman cardiology scope, the expense of procuring it and what was she going to do in her clinicals without one? i wasn't there, but i can guess at just how obnoxious she was being.
mr. pcp went to the or and the foreign object was removed. one of the surgeons cleaned it up for her, placed it in a presentation box he just happened to have handy, gift wrapped it, and gave it to her. now to hear my sister tell the story, it was a wonderful gesture that surgeon made because of his deep and abiding respect for her. i'm thinking it was a joke. or even more in the lines of "you annoying twit, i'll see that you get your littman back!" i doubt much respect was present. but i could be projecting, i guess.
the whole story struck me as funny -- i was literally rolling around holding my sides, tears streaming down my face and laughing. my first clue that i was doing the wrong thing was when my sister sourly proclaimed "you're acting just like mother did when i told her. you just don't understand how expensive a littman cardiology scope is!" (no, not me, the ccu nurse who had her own littman cardiology scope.)
my sister was so furious she didn't speak to me for years. of course it didn't help that at a family dinner (which my sister was unable to attend), dad told the story to a bunch of my aunts and everyone at the table except my father was laughing 'til we peed our pants. someone told my sister about that dinner, and she stayed mad for a few more years.
i don't know how people live without a sense of humor. i just don't get it!
- Jul 13, '12 by TiffyRNRuby;
I'm thinking your sister probably would have stopped speaking to me also. I agree that the surgeon was probably not acting out of his deep abiding respect (though maybe he did have that) by gift wrapping the head of the littman.
Take care of yourself. Sending you good thoughts and strength.
- Jul 13, '12 by GitanoRNruby vee, i agree with you 100%, to be a nurse one has to possess the art of humor in order to cope with some of the bureaucracy that comes along with nursing, as well as in our daily life....sending you a hug from across the miles and a pillow to place against your stitches when you lol... aloha~
- Jul 13, '12 by merleeI truly appreciate your post - a sense of humor can keep us going through some pretty awful times. I love that I can laugh with my family, about nearly anything.
Please take care of yourself.
- Jul 14, '12 by imintroubleWho wouldn't laugh about biting the head off a stethoscope.
Your sister has too much starch in her britches.
Laughing always makes me feel better. Thank you for providing an exceptional laugh for the day.