Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday's Gone

A little light relief?

I thought this was funny, but realise it's non-PC, and I'm kinda the wrong gender to comment. Make of it what you will.

First case of the day, an elderly fella, collapsed at the swimming pool. Arrest twice, RoSC twice. Arrived flat, with a suspicious ECG. Great flurries of activity. In the midst of this, one of the Cardiology magicians came down to echo the fella for us, and pronounce on whether a trip to the cath lab would be good for him.

My boss was directing affairs, and didn't know this (female) doctor. To remedy this situation he asked her:
"Sorry, what's your name, sweetie?"

Time froze, and the temperature dropped to absolute zero. Just for a second.
Then:
"It's Susan, NOT 'sweetie'"

'Wang': Normal activity resumed. My boss, for what it's worth calls us all 'sweetie'. I've got a lot of time for him.

The echo shows a poor LV function, but, probably, nothing new. No cath lab.

Before he leaves, my boss does a final, verbal, recap; to make sure all the jobs are being covered:
"So, Shroom, you'll do the NG; Bob's doing the foley; and Susan, formerly known as 'sweetie'..."

Exit, stage left, very pleased with himself.

Yes, I know it could be dreadfully patronising, and I've never had to put up with it, etc... so maybe from the other side of the fence it ain't so funny. Brightened up my day though...

6 comments:

jmb said...

Well as the right gender I thought it was quite funny, and both handled it well considering.
They'll both have a tale to tell at dinner somewhere and they both definitely will tell it.
regards
jmb

Chrysalis Angel said...

I thought it was funny, people always call me that, even my doctor. Course it's all in the tone....now if a condescending tone was used - that - would be a different story.

Doc's Girl said...

Yeah, I kinda sorta stopped calling patients "sweetie" when I had one snap at me. :)

The Platypus said...

Funny, I never would have thought of calling somebody that before I entered the health care field, and in school they taught us to never never never say it to a woman, but now I call people hon, as in honey, all the time.

The Platypus said...

Oh, and welcome back. I thought you left and eventually removed my link to your page.

It's back up now. :p

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