Yearly Archives: 2016

Why ER medicine?

“When was the exact moment when you decided go into Emergency medicine?” Evan, a friend and former scribe in my ER posed this question to me recently. I remember it like it was yesterday… (insert flashback waves) There I was, strapped to a gurney screaming my head off. I writhed […]

What does that E stand for again?


ER Quotes: Episode 13

Some random things overheard around an ER. Enjoy.     Chief Complaint: “Unresponsive. No Other Complaints.”           Nurse (about patient screaming from their hangnail pain): “Dr. Ama. Paging Dr.Ama…”   Inebriate in Hall (screaming): “I have an idea. Wait. No. I THINK I have an idea!: […]


We are doing just fine aaaand… We’re Doomed

It comes as a shock to nobody that in the ER some patients come in after doing “research.” Now, I fully support understanding disease and independent research. However, when “research” equates to a four-minute google/WebMD search, I have issues.  Often patients convince themselves that they have some extremely rare disease. “I READ IT! […]


Bad Superpowers

As a kid, I always wished I had superpowers. Then I turned into an adult. Now I REALLY wish I had superpowers. However, I learned that some gifts are also a curse. Take for instance some of the X-men. Nightcrawler for example has in my opinion one of the coolest abilities. He has the ability […]

The Smell that Melted My Basement

So often in medicine, we forget that the person in the bed has more in their life than being a patient. I see people on what may potentially be the worst day of their lives.  With the random exceptions (“hey, I took a pregnancy test at home and it was […]

How Do They know Where it's going?

Feces on a stick (huge street vender fly selling shit)

ER Quotes, Round 11

Some quotes heard in some ER somewhere.     Random ER person: I just unleashed a dump the entire length of my colon Nurse:  And I bet the turd gobbler just wouldn’t eat the whole thing         Nurse (getting a temperature on young child) Mom: At home […]