I’m getting the impression that one of the docs from a nearby hospital needs to retire. A couple of patients have come in with statements he’s made that … well you decide.
Patient family member 1 (happens to be a CNA at our hospital)
“Question for you: Are there bones inside the brain?”
“Umm. No. The brain sits inside the skull which is a bone, but there is no bone inside the brain. Why do you ask?”
“Well, my great aunt fell and hit her head. They took her to Metro General Hospital. Dr. Smith over there showed us her CT scan and said “let’s just hope that’s bone in there.”
For the non-medical people reading along, both bone and blood appear as white on CT scans.
Bone doesn’t grow inside brains.
The term “bonehead” is a misnomer.
Patient family member 2
Patient comes in with severe edema from the feet to the waist in pretty severe CHF. He had other medical problems and was rather cachectic in his upper body.
We discussed plans to admit the patient and said he’d probably be in the hospital for a couple of days.
“You’re going to give him some fluids, right?”
“Noooo. When someone is in heart failure, we usually give them medicine to get the fluid out of the body, not put more in.”
“Well, when we were over at Metro General Hospital with the same problem last month, Dr. Smith gave him fluids and told us that Roger was ‘dehydrated from the waist up.'”