Flattery, The Best Medicine

| | Right | August 26, 2008

(An elderly lady fell down in her apartment and has a cut on her wrist.)

Coworker: “Ma’am, I am afraid, we have to go to the hospital. You will need stitches for that cut and an X-Ray to make sure your wrist isn’t broken.”

Patient: “No, I don’t wanna go. Just give me a shot and it will be okay.”

Coworker: “You mean for the pain?”

Patient: “No, so it will heal!”

Coworker: “Ma’am, I’m afraid we don’t have this kind of medication.”

Patient: “But it worked last time!”

Coworker: “Someone gave you a shot and the wrist healed by itself?”

Patient: “No, my sugar was too high and they gave me a shot and everything was okay!”

Coworker: “I see… well I can’t fool you, you know this stuff! Listen, I can give you a shot for the broken wrist, but this counteracts the anti-sugar medicine. So everytime your sugar is too high, you can never get a shot again.”

Patient: “Never ever?”

Coworker: “Never ever again…”

Patient: “So why didn’t you just say so in the first place?”

Coworker: “Well, not every patient has such an understanding of medicine as you, so I always try to keep it simple.”

Patient: “Okay, then let’s go to the hospital.”

Coworker: “Gladly.”

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  • someonerandom

    On one hand, this is funny and understand not wanting to deal with that. On the other hand, sounds like you`re EMT-s, which is to say you`re not CS reps, you`re medical professionals- and should probably combat stunning medical ignorance like what that woman displayed before it gets her seriously hurt. She needs some things explained to her, not have her already very wrong knowledge muddied up with more fantasy.

    • Trillium

      She wouldn’t understand.

      Only result matters. Truth is but a tool. And truth is wasted on the dumb.
      Since no medicine I know of PERMANENTLY counteracts insulin, she will just be on lookout for completely imaginary drug that will do her no harm.