Thanksgiving ER Style

I was one of the “lucky” ones to work the Thanksgiving holiday this year and it turned out to be quite a bit of fun actually. We managed to pull off a pretty successful dinner to. A few observations from the day…

  • One of the nurse’s brought in a turkey fryer and a HUGE bird, and from 10am on, the ED the smelled absolutely amazing. Which was great, but also bad as the “ED regulars” were that much harder to get out the door once we denied them their narcotic scripts.
  • The city shelter’s must of been doing their holiday meals around noon, as there wasn’t a single “transient” in the ED until about 2 pm. Then there was a sharp uptick which continued on for the rest of the afternoon
  • Which meant, that for the morning at least, it was only legit ED patients. My first few patients were COPD exacerbation, extramural child birth, assault victim,
  • There was a near three hour stretch were the waiting room was actually empty.
  • Some thing’s you don’t believe until you see. I always thought those stories of “oops I gave birth” were just exaggerations. But this one today, the mom thought she had to move her bowels, so when she sat on the toilet, oops, there’s baby’s head. Both mom and baby did great, despite the baby having a close call with a swirley.
  • Friday is going to be busy. It’s not that people stopped getting sick on Thursday or something, they all just put it off being seen until Friday. CHF city I suspect.






About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on November 25, 2011, in Emergency Medicine, Residency. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Your Thanksgiving day was quite interesting.That day a mom gave a birth to child..During the birth you guys did well and the delivery was successful..Enjoyed a lot.

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