Sometimes, all it takes is just a few words to change everything.
I went to work grumpy, which is not like me.
To my credit, I had extenuating circumstance, but like I said before, I try to be the most positive guy there.
I was not.
I have a few pet peeves, and 17 year old patients complaining of 20/10 that are too busy texting to engage me while I take a history and physical is near the top of the list.
A fellow ER doc told me about a patient, a chronic alcoholic (that doesn’t bother me).
His chief complaint irked me though, and I swear this is not made up. It went something like this:
“My liver is hurting from drinking, can you get me some pain medicine for my liver, because I don’t want to stop drinking…”
Sir, your body is literally trying to get you to stop drinking, please, PLEASE, listen to it.
And then, as if sent by angels to cheer me up, came in the beautiful 3 year old.
Her wonderful words made me feel all better.
While discharging her, I was chit-chatting with the little girl about cartoons (shocker). Then like a gorgeous sunrise over a darkened abyss, she said:
Little girl: “When I go to bed I fart a lot!”
Me: “Oh really?
Little girl: “I fart every day!”
And… the picture below just popped in my brain.
Her comment came out of the nowhere. There was a slight pause as I looked at mom and then we all started laughing. I’m not sure how, but it made everything better.
Thank you little girl <– click for other thoughts about kids.
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