Bring it!

Despite my complaining about all these kids coming in with fever and ____, some of these kids have actually really impressed me with how tough and brave they are. The other night I had a little 2 year old girl who fell and hit the back of her head on a coffee table and had and a nice 4cm gash on the back of her head. From the time I first saw her, probed the wound, cleaned it and stapled it closed, she barely let out so much as a whimper. She was quite the trooper, with a smile on her face the whole time. Whereas, other kids absolutely freak out when you merely hit them with the light from the otoscope.  You can try to look at the kid ahead of time, or the parents, or anything, but I’ve found no rhyme or reason to predicting what kid is going to freaker and what kid is going to be a tough as nails, immune to pain, bad ass.

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 January 27, 2012, in Emergency Medicine. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I feel bad when the patient was FINE with me, but proceeds to lose their collective shit when the doctor walks into the room. Because sometimes the patients just do that. (And then they’ll be fine when myself or another nurse goes back to the exam room. But the veterinarians themselves, they must smell different or something!)

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