It’s 2:00 am in the emergency room. That’s when the real doctor humor stories comes out to play. By now I’ve sent two patients home from the ER, one of which I spent 90 minutes discussing why chronic abdominal pain management needed to involve an outpatient supratentorial component and why coming into the hospital would be a highly disappointing experience. By now I’ve also admitted two patients to observation status, one of which is a guy with uncontrolled diabetes who remembered me from a year prior and thanked me for telling him nobody else was going to live his life for him and he needed to take responsibility for his poor actions in life. By now I’ve also brought two patients in for full hospital admission, one of which was placed immediately on end of life cares for end stage COPD, the other of which who’s son got the wrath of my smoking lecture.
Once the work was done, the doctor humor came out to play. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Happy Hospitalist*