Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Just a nurse"

I came across this blog post on the Happy Hospitalist's blog and wanted to share it with my other nurse readers.  It's a great story.  Thanks again Happy!

Raisins on sticks

Wow, it's been awhile since I've been here.  I've been sick on/off for about 8 months now.  Had some 4 month long mystery illness that spontaneously resolved in the late summer to early fall and then recently had Lyme disease and mono at the same time.  Now just found out that I've had iron deficiency anemia for at least 6 months if not more.  Needless to say I haven't been feeling my best and since I can't give up being a mom or nurse the blog is the thing that went!!  But I'm back and am going to try and get back into the swing of blogging my nursing stories at least a few times a week.

This is actually a story that one of the cardiologists I used to work closely with told me.  The background that made it so much more funny is that he is in his early 50's and quite reserved.  He does talk and joke with the nurses but never in a way that the younger male docs would if you get my drift.  

He was in late one evening and we had a confused older lady who was continuously taking her gown off.  We were joking about how this lady just liked to be naked no matter what we tried to do.  So he pipes up with "I've got a story for you gals about older naked ladies".  Coming from him we weren't really sure what to expect.

He tells us about all the times he walks into an exam room to see a patient and it is an older lady in her 70's or 80's and she will be sitting there on the exam table naked from the waist up.  He says "I'm a cardiologist.......not a GYN who would need to do a breast exam."  We figure with him that's the punch line but oh no it gets better!

He goes on to say "yep it just takes me by surprise each time.....there they are sitting there chest bare and it's like two raisins hanging on the ends of the sticks."

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