Monday, January 7, 2008

Lessons

Jon is no longer going to be nursing in the exciting world of the Emergency Department. He'll be maintaining life and spending more time with fewer patients on the medical telemetry floor. The transition is somewhat bitter-sweet. We'll miss the stories that the ER afforded, but we'll also not miss many of those same stories. Here's a brief list of the things we've learned from working in the ER:

1. Drinking and driving is bad. It breaks your bones into little pieces and damages your organs until you die. Same goes for drinking and falling, drinking and fighting, and drinking and dating.

2. If your teeth hurt, don't go to the emergency room. ER doctors are not dentists. They can't fix your teeth. Also...brush.

3. Defibrillating shocks can cause aspirated stomach contents to spew five feet into the air. There's more than one reason they say "clear".

4. If you have a growth under your skin, do not try to cut it out with a pocketknife at home. Use a table saw.

5. And finally, cockroaches cannot crawl backwards. So, if they enter a space that's too small for them to turn around, like a human's ear canal, they get stuck and have to be removed in pieces.

Here's a cute baby doing kung fu.

5 comments:

GordonandChrissy said...

I love it. She's adorable and the sound effects were just spectacular.

Johanna and Josh said...

I have nothing sarcastic (or brilliantly witty) to say this time. That was just adorable.

The Hale Family said...

Thanks for the smile!

Jen Scott said...

so.. thanks for the advice... brush! Never thought of that one before. :P
Love the Kung Fu! Lucy is a doll!

The Nielsen Family said...

The list is hilarious. When Matt did his rotation in the ER we always laughed about how each story from the crazies started with, "There I was minding my own business..." Gotta love the ER! Goodluck with the transition.