: The ER Sense of Humor
ER = Emergency Room.
Via MetaFilter, a hilarious epic thread on the Student Doctor Network Forums: Things I Learn From My Patients. It's thousands of posts long, it's been going since May '03.
By "hilarious" I mean "horrifying," of course. For instance, I promise you, never mind the whole thread, you should stop reading before you get to post #46. WELL before.
Seriously, or else don't blame me.
1. On 2009-04-20, Julia wrote:
Those were funny! I feel a little better about my crappy night at work last night now. Sad thing is, those types of stories are not limited to the ER. I have a few from working in a sleep study lab, and my nursing school rotations at the mental hospital, the good old local med-surf floor, the pediatric ward (at the esteemed institution which employs you), the birthing center, and the "pediatric" floor of a long term care nursing home (average age of resident=18 yrs).
Health care brings out the stupid in people--and vice versa.
I come back to this thread every couple of years and remind myself about people.
I think my favorite was the father bringing in the teenage daughter with "Stomach pains", to which she delivers a baby and he exclaims, "I don't know what you all did in there, but she wasn't pregnant when she got here!"