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  •  Having been hospitalized from the ER (10+ / 0-)

    a half dozen times in the past year, related to my current medical situation, I've developed a deep respect for the doctors and nurses and their assistants who work there under very demanding conditions.

    That said, I'd like to share an amusing anecdote...

    Some years ago, I amputated half my forefinger on a table saw and presented myself to the ER intake person with a bloody bandage wrap the size of a softball. I was somewhat disconcerted by her seeming casual attitude about what, to me, was a pretty severe injury. She explained I was the third (seriously!) table saw digital amputation that walked in that morning. As she was telling me to take a seat and that someone would be out "shortly," we heard a scream from the waiting area and turned to see a middle aged woman fall to the floor in a dead faint.

    A nurse and a doctor, answering the call, rushed out, loaded her onto a gurney and whisked her in for immediate treatment.

    I then spied with horror the object lying on the seat that woman had occupied - it was the amputated finger I'd carefully packed in a clear baggie with ice.

    Feeling guilty as all get-out, I confessed to the intake lady what may have caused the woman to faint. She just stared at me for about ten seconds, then wryly observed, "Maybe YOU should have sat on the finger. Maybe you would have been seen sooner. Now, please take a seat, and keep the rest of your body parts to yourself."

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    by WisePiper on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 04:30:47 PM PST

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    •  Great story! (5+ / 0-)

      I worked ER admitting once, for a very short time. The guy I worked with told me this story:

      He admitted a person who had amputated a finger with a lawnmower. He then went through all his pockets trying to find enough money to get something to eat. He came back with a hamburger, and opened it to add the condiments. Just then, a man came flying through the door carrying the other man's amputated digit. He was so excited, he dropped it, and it landed square in the middle of the hamburger patty. The guy told me it fell in slow motion, as he just knew where it would land. No dinner for him that night.

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