Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Neurological exam

We see large numbers of intoxicated people in the emergency room who come in after unknown events. The problem is, most of them are just drunk or high, but some of them have had injuries including head trauma. So we need to watch them and see if they sober up or if they have other problems that we need to take care of.

The other night a young lady came in, apparently drunk, and spent a few hours face-down on a gurney. As she started to clear and move around, it was time for a repeat neurological exam. I looked down the hall, and saw that she had put on her 4-inch stilettos and was starting to walk around. I figured that anyone who can walk around in those shoes must be neurologically intact, and started printing out her discharge papers.



At October 8, 2009 at 6:44 AM , Blogger Sonja said...

good call doc. i can't do that sober.

At October 11, 2009 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Tom Fenelon said...

My wife works for OSF Healthcare systems...stories she tells -funny, but yours is very good. My older 1/2 brother (same mom diff dad) is a cardiologist and can tell stories that make me laugh so hard...well anyway you must keep a sense of humor as you sort through all the misery you see as a Physician.


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