Amidst the emotional turmoil I was experiencing wondering if my elderly mother was declining right before my eyes in the ED... I did hear something amusing. I can say this because I am saying it as something witnessed as a patient family member. While I was talking with another staff member near the nurse's station... another nurse told the ED doc that the patient stated she is allergic to Motrin and needed something stronger for the pain. The look on her face was priceless... as was his.
I got a warm fuzzy because I immediately thought of all the blogging docs and their posts on drug seekers and the subsequent comments and that reminded me of blogging... which I love... hence the warm fuzzy feeling thinking of this hobby and the funny/interesting posts.
I never saw the patient but did hear her use the F word and question why the F she was there if they weren't gonna do anything. I am sure all the med folks could fill in the blanks for the rest of said patient and male companion's conversation.
The irony of it all didn't escape me either. My mother seemingly declining ...gasping for air so weak she couldn't move or open her eyes... and this woman, obnoxious, boisterous complaining about her pain.
You never know what is behind the curtain... but if you did...would you still behave like a JERK?