Who links to me? X-ray Rocks: June 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Anything Else?

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"

Too Much?

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

Throat Ca-chunk

Ok - try this: Take a drink of water. Do you hear a noise in your head when you swallow? No? Try it again. Bend your neck to the right, to the left, down, across. Yes? You can hear a noise?
THAT'S NORMAL!!!!!!!!!!!
I did a video swallow (dumbest exam ever, next to VCUGs) today on a 30-something woman with the history of: chunking noise in head when swallows.
Yes. Really.
What did the Rad. tell her?
He said, "Huh, yeah I have that too. You're not crazy, there really is a noise. It's the cartilage in your neck. (Thank you for your money, have a good day.)"
She also had foot weakness, post-nasal drainage and sinus pressure. Really? A video swallow? Why?
Well, I like my job (and money) so come on crazy faker patients. Can't you think up any other imaginary symptoms?
~On a side note: I randomly picked up the optical space age thermometer today and took my temp. It was 100.1F
And I felt fine.........but I had a fever, so I had a perfectly good reason to go to the ER.
I took it a couple more times and it was 100.0 and 99.8
Oh, well I had better things to do than sit in the ER waiting room for 3 hours.~