Crappiest. Day. Ever.

Or nearly so, I think. Sick, sick people, codes, silliness, moaning families, no breaks, infarcts, cerebral bleeds, prima donna internists, ambulances, always ambulances riding the hallways waiting for nonexistent beds clogged with ALC* patients: a confusion of patients, clamour and faeces, all wrapped in a dense fusion-powered bubble we call the emerg.

And then while I am assisting with the third snowboard-induced wrist fracture reduction a moment of zen on the other side of the curtain.

A psych patient, bipolar most likely, on long off-load delay, insisting, no, loudly and continually demanding admission, adding to the ambiance of decibels and stress. It’s Christmas, and with no family, it seems she’s lonely.

“But Agnes,” comes the reply behind the curtain. “You’re not crazy enough to be here.”

Sweet, blessed silence, and stifled laughter.


*See Glossary.


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  1. #1 by JennJilks on Tuesday 05 January 2010 - 0947

    That is priceless. You’ve got to save these stories…

  2. #2 by Art Doctor on Tuesday 05 January 2010 - 1639

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  3. #3 by storytellerdoc on Tuesday 05 January 2010 - 2317

    LOL….great story. and well-written. Made me smile to think some comment was able to quiet a bipolar or schizophrenice patient! LOL

    stay warm.

  4. #4 by Maha on Wednesday 06 January 2010 - 0005

    Are you sure we don’t work in the same emerg? :P

    In my last set of shifts, I had FIVE codes. FIVE! That’s a code per shift. That’s just wrong. The acuity in our ER has been insanely high as well. It feels like there’s a plague here! At least your psych patient provided some laughter, albeit unknowingly!

  5. #5 by wilomis on Wednesday 06 January 2010 - 0756

    Oh this made me chuckle…. I start my Mental Health clinical this Friday afternoon/evening.

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