Sunday, August 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Actual conversation with a patient:
Patient - "I'm cold. Why is it so cold in here? Are you cold? Why is this bed so hard? Do I have to stand up? This is taking too long. I can't stand up. I want another warm blanket. Where's my friend? Can my friend come back to my room now? You want me to stand up? How long will this take? Where's the nurse? Can I have a warm blanket now? How come these beds are so narrow? Do you have a bigger bed? Where's my friend? Why is it so cold? Ohhhhh, I'm sooooo sick. cough cough"
Is it too much to ask, that when a pt is pregnant you tell me before I do the x-ray?
Or don't even tell me, just check the box next to pregnant in the chart, I do check the chart before every patient.
Or don't bother, I know you're too busy to click on a tiny box.
'Cause I look like a retard when I ask the patient,
"Any chance you might be pregnant?"
"Yes, I'm due in 4 weeks (like duh)."
"Does the Dr. know that you're pregnant?"
"Yes, he knows (again duh!)."
I'm sorry! YOU ARE FAT! I can't tell if you are carrying a baby in that belly or a submarine sandwich! Sorr-y!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I'm a little burnt out, so I took a vacation from blogging. Why am I burnt out you ask? After only one year at this new job?
Well, I guess it's hard to be stretched in so many different directions. Starting Jan. 1 we saw a 50% increase in patient volume. The ER added more Dr.s and nurses. Did Radiology staff more people? No. They decreased the staff on each shift. Why?
Oh, that's easy - the hospital sold the radiology dept. to a private company.
We are no longer hospital employees, although we work in the hospital.
But now FINALLY!!! they've realized that we NEED more staff, so now I can breath and relax a tiny bit. Instead of one person doing 25 patients (unconscious, MVA, combative, drunk, bleeding), now 2 people share the load. And all the fun phone calls, order entering, processing and generally fire putting out of running a department.
Another reason I'm burnt out - I've x-rayed every single dead morgue patient we've had in 2009.
What are the odds of that happening? We get a lot of deaths and I work .8, so I'm not there all the time.
But I've had every single suicide, MVA and still born.
Part of me likes it and the other part is disgusted that I admitted that.
It's awful to see a man's body ripped open like a too full garbage bag, but unique because I'm the last person to x-ray them, too see into and through them.
When I was a kid, and I crossed a street, I would always stop in the middle of the road and touch the center line, because I thought no one else had ever touched that exact spot and so it was unique and special.
X-raying dead people is some what the same, in a way, unique.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Owww - Poor Bone Density!!!
This is old age - be careful - it can sneak up on you at any time.
So, old person + slip and fall = Complex fracture through the distal left femoral metadiaphysis, displaced posterior to proximal femur, multiple free butterfly fragments*.
*Butterfly fragment - a wedge-shaped shard of bone from the shaft of one of the long bones. This injury occurs at the apex of the fracture force and is a subtype of a comminuted fracture.
Something really weird happened today.
You know that person in school that nobody liked? The one who came to school in smelly clothes and their parents were drug addicts or something?
I saw that person today at work.
Only now we're all grown up and adults. Only....she's still stinky and fat and....I think she might use drugs.
It was really weird.
Thankfully, I don't think she recognized me.
Posted by X-ray Rocks! at 6:08 PM
Monday, December 22, 2008
60-year old woman fell backwards off of a 6 foot high stone wall.
Trimalleolar fracture with dislocation pre and post films.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Caution: Falling Children
Another kid that fell from an extreme height. This one fell off of a backyard zip-line, that her Dad built. Awww that's so sweet. Only he built it TWELVE feet in the air. Accident waiting to happen.
I turned cast into a verb. Is that OK?