Given my background in health care, some time ago, a family member sent me a collection of humorous stories of physician encounters. Unfortunately, the email found its way into the delete abyss. But do not despair, I have found them, or at least some of them, on the following website.
I post the tales with the understanding that I, and hopefully you, are laughing with these poor folks and not at them, because who among us has not committed a cringe-inducing social gaffe? (Now, if I was an unselfconscious and brazen soul, this would be the part where I would elaborate on my first encounter with—and confusion over—a bidet. But alas, I am not…)
Here are a few of my favorites:
- A man comes into the ER and yells, ‘My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab!’ I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress, and began to take off her under-wear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs — and I was in the wrong one.
-Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco
- At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. ‘Big breaths,’ I instructed. ‘Yes, they used to be,’ replied the patient.
-Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA
- I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a woman I asked, ‘So how’s your breakfast this morning?’ ‘It’s very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can’t seem to get used to the taste,’ the patient replied. I then asked to see the jelly and the woman produced a foil packet labeled ‘KY Jelly.’
-Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit , MI
So with that in mind, go forth into the world and provide fodder for somebody’s blog. And enjoy a peanut butter and Kentucky Jelly sandwich while you are at it!
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