Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dobby is free

In the midst of the busiest of busy days ever, this little germ pops into the ER for  evaluation of
"I can't feel my toes".

As this was a person in her late 20's, I was not concerned about anything truly serious until I saw that she was wearing a post op shoe. (AKA, Ugly Shoes: sizes small, medium and large).

"What happened to your foot?"

"Well I broke it a couple of weeks ago, and that is fine.  I was shoveling out my car from the snow, though, and now I can't feel my toes.  The officer who helped me thought I should get it checked".

She apparently did so in the last 20 minutes while wearing a sock and the post op shoe.  On one of the coldest days.

"I see.  Is your sock wet?"

"yes, I didn't have time to change it".

"Ah.  Well, here is a pair of dry hospital fuzzy socks and a warm blanket.  Take off the post op shoe and the wet sock.  It is about a 3 hour wait".


For the amusement of Fil, I documented the following:

"Ednurseasauras has given Emily a sock"

1 comment:

Oldfoolrn said...

As a foolish youngster, I managed to sustain frost bite in both feet on a winter backpacking/camping misadventure. I forgot all about it for 40+ years. After shoveling out after a recent Pittsburgh snow I noticed a strange itchy/tingling/burning feeling in my toes. An erythematous blotchy rash began shoeing up on my toes. My internist was stumped, but a friendly local podiatrist had my number. "You had frostbite years ago and damaged the capillaries in your toes. The red blotches are a result of blood flow disruption in your microcirculation." Just goes to show you cannot ever escape the foolishness of your youth. Foot warmers and heavy socks are now mandatory.