Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ho, Ho, HO

Well, Christmas has come and gone, and for once I didn't work one second of it. Not Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. What a treat it was, and well deserved as I have worked each and every Christmas since I was 13 years old; believe me that was a LONG time ago. I must say I did not miss being in the ER and having to take care of the usual sick and stupid. Actually, on Christmas it is more like the critically ill and the galactically stupid; extremes are the norm.

In addition to not working on the holiday, I am also on break from school until the middle of January, so I had a nice relaxing few days. Returning to work today was a pleasure, right up until Last Call when a member of the Better Living Through Chemistry Club came in with a migraine and demanded the only drugs that work for her: Toradol, Demerol and Phenergan. I work at a couple of ER's in the area so I poked my head in the room just to say hi. Her reaction can best be summed up by a parody of a credit card commercial:
Cost of ER visit to the patient: $Zero
Cost of ER visit to you and I because she has Medicaid: $400.00
Meeting the nurse who took care of your worthless ass last week in another ER: PRICELESS.


ERnursey said...
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ERnursey said...

I used to work at multiple ER's, one was over an hour away and you would be surprised at how many of the regular's from the other hospital would go there. The look on their faces when they saw me there was hysterical.