3. A middle aged lady in the operating theatre once told us at the last minute (as she was being wheeled in) that she’s allergic to latex. Everyone freaks out cos so much of the stuff we use in theatre has latex in it, so we take her to the latex free theatre and do her surgery there. When she’s in recovery and awake I enquire as to what reaction she has to latex. “I just don’t really like the sound the latex gloves make, dear”. I just turned around and walked out.
4. 20-something year old patient comes to ER, chief complaint on the board is “private.” This should be good. Go in, he is visibly depressed and sad. Tells a story about how he slept with a woman, didn’t use protection, and after he noticed she had a “plastic box on her.” When she told him it was an insulin pump for diabetes he was mortified. Came in immediately to be tested for diabetes.
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