Friday, February 10, 2012

On Picking a Winner

The more elaborate the story, the more I think the patient is full of shit.  After 35 years, I think I have developed a pretty good sense of what is and what is not complete bollocks.  You just know that a knee injury that occurred after "tripping over the cat while carrying laundry and answering the phone while simultaneously  doing a crossword puzzle and reciting the Gettysburg Address" is overkill.  But then, you never know.  Mostly if it's yellow, has webbed feet and quacks, you'd probably think duck and not chicken.

OK.  The following are three examples of injuries that presented themselves to the ER.  Let's see if you can figure out which one I thought was absolutely real. 

1. 52 year old woman with a facial laceration and a black eye.  She had slipped on some ice in the parking lot at work, skidded, fell over a snowbank, slid down an embankment and came to rest on the frozen river.  She complained of headache since she had banged her head on a tree on the way down.

2.  55 year old male complained of severe back pain and laceration.  He had been rough housing with grandchildren and had fallen off the bed, landing on a Lego Empire State Building under which the cat was slumbering.  The cat scratched his arm because the lamp landed on it.

3.  32 year old female with complaint of dislocated shoulder.  She had slipped on maybe some juice on the floor of  her kitchen while carrying a case of water, went on to trip over the dog and had fallen, landing on her shoulder on top of  the open dishwasher as the case of water flew into the air and landed on her leg. 

Two out of the three are frequent visitors to the ER with uncanny propensity for freak accidents which result in minimal physical finding but always a request for narcotic analgesia. 

What do you think?  Answer on Monday.  Class dismissed.


NurseJannie said...

Come on. You can't keep us waiting until Monday. I call bullshit on 2 and 3.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

One and three are the BS'ers in this post I think. I'll go with the cat scratch as reality. Holding my breath til Monday could be problematic.

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Anne said...

Okay. My money's on the 52 menopausal woman who used her face as a snowboard.

hoodnurse said...

Oooh! I'm going with lego empire state building and cat guy. Just because I think a man who was lying would come up with a manlier story that falling on some legos and being taken out by a cat.

Amanda said...

I vote for number one to be the truth teller, because I've actually done something like that! A few years ago I slipped on my porch, slid across the icy surface to the stairs, slid down the stairs into the driveway, and then slid down the driveway. I only stopped when I hit my head on my car, and yes, the headache was a bitch. :)

Cathy said...

haha. These cases are quite bizarre, and it's hard to not say that these people are quite careless. I believe that there is reality on the number 2 situation, eh.:)

Cathy@Top Reasons Why US is Having Staff Nurse Shortage

Susan said...

I think #2 is the REAL deal.
Being a parent of small children, I can totally see that happening.