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12 October 2009 @ 10:07 pm
a quiet matador  
This may be* the weirdest thing in the world.

When I was in high school, I had a crush on a guy from my village. I grew out of it ... literally; he is a tiny, tiny guy nowadays. And I am not a tiny, tiny girl. However, his sister is now a long-stay patient of the hospital I'm doing a rotation in; she has anorexia and requires 24-hour monitoring so she doesn't try to replace her IV fluids with shower water or whatever. She waves at me every time she sees me in the corridor, smiling with that virtually pathognomic oversized mouth all anorexics seem to have. I've never spoken to her before in my life, but she must be bored out of her tree. I MUST go visit her tomorrow.

*I said 'may be'!

One day I'm going to devise a doctor-patient translation guide. It will include definitions of things like 'fainting' and 'palpitations' and explain why, if you ever demanded an antibiotic from your GP for a viral infection, you have no right to complain about the MRSA 'epidemic'. It will be beautiful and HUGE. And no one will read it.

I think I kind of love Charles Bukowski? Sorry, Mik!
 
 
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Online I'm a Giantparthenia14 on October 12th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Mind you the other side of this is our experience at the local out-of-hours service:

Them: 'OMG your daughter's blood oxygen is too low' *insert nebulisation here* 'Oh, it's not working. She'll have to be admitted. Mmmm. Wait a minute.' *bustles off, returns with 2 new fingertip blood sensor things, attaches them, watches* 'Nope, our mistake, sensors were wrong.'

Me: 'Eeeeeeeeeeeep' (panic sound only detectable by bats)

Them, helpfully: 'It's probably viral. Here are some antibiotics just in case.'

I mean. I understand the concept of antibiotic resistance entirely, but wow it gets complicated.



every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hot air of balloonsscoradh on October 13th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
I read your post on this, and - you wouldn't want to send off an asthmatic who might have an overlying bacterial infection! The ones I'm talking about are the worried well who go to their GP with a runny nose and demand Clacid.

(Those O2 sats monitors are very temperamental. If you're wearing nail varnish they read wrong. It could have been worse - they could have decided to go for ABGs, which hurt like a mofo.) *hugs*
Online I'm a Giantparthenia14 on October 13th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think we were the worried unwell. :-)

Also, I forgot a popular side effect of all that Ventolin = high as a kite.
real men love discotakkatakkatakka on October 12th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Bukowski! ~flails~

If it helps, both Greta and Keltie have recced him. So you're joining an admirable club.

(I would totally read your doctor-patient translation guide.)

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: iconomicons girl of lightscoradh on October 13th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
OH HI GRETA ICU THAR. :DDD

It would probably end up far too Bukowski-esque for public consumption...
the claw-foot Ladysoftlyforgotten on October 13th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Rachel. ;______:

He's such a jerk.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: jillicons: handful of starsscoradh on October 13th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
MIK ~~~!

He wrote a poem about cats and how awesome they are! ^_______^
the claw-foot Lady: [buffy/willow] yes i know it wassoftlyforgotten on October 13th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
YEAH BUT HE ALSO WROTE A MILLION POEMS THAT ARE LIKE THIS:

"Today
I jerked off
in an empty room
looking at
sunflowers
and hating
you."

DDDDDDDDDDDDDD:
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 14th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
BUT I GET THAT! DON'T YOU GET THAT? HAVE YOU EVER FELT THAT WAY?
the claw-foot Ladysoftlyforgotten on October 14th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
YEAHHHHH but it's so petty and boring and MEAN, it doesn't feel like it has anything of what poetry is in it! Plus his line breaks PISS ME OFF.
jehntjehnt on October 14th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
That is definitely a little bit strange!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 14th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
I KNOW RIGHT. Also, you are the only one to co-appreciate this! :D
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
How was your psych placement? I'm stuck in an all-male (I'm female, which you probably guessed) secure ward, apparently I'm supposed to go and ask patients who have been moved there FROM PRISON because they are VIOLENT AGAINST STAFF whether they had a happy childhood. Not to mention they're all big fans of sexual harrassment.
I'm stuck here for five weeks, was yours anything like this? Any tips??

-anonmedic
xxx
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 29th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
God, no! We were in a tertiary referral centre but it was mainly manic depressives and schizophrenics. Can you contact your med school about this? You're entitled to work in a safe environment and that does not sound safe - you could ask to swap out with a male classmate, maybe. Otherwise, just go in as little as possible. Unless you're planning to do psych, you won't miss much.
(Anonymous) on October 31st, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Cheers. I contacted the med school, nothing much got said until Friday when I was told by my consultant 'if you show up to everything I will still pass you and this won't be put on your record'. Typical med school response. Guess I'm gonna stick with not going in much. I definitely don't want to do psychiatry anyway.

-anonmedic
xxx