Take but degree away, untune that string, And hark what discord follows. --William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida Danielle Ofri essay all the police. I'm being held prisoner!" I could hear the shrieks from behind the curtain in the emergency room. Brian, my intern, could hardly mask his expression of distaste. I couldn't blame him; it had been a long night already. We had just finished admitting a guy from prison who had spent five hours banging his head rhythmically against the bars of the stretcher, screaming violently when we tried to examine him. We had to wrestle him for a head CT and spinal tap, both of which turned out normal. In the end, his urine tox showed cocaine. If the ER had just waited for the urine tox results before admitting him, they could have spared us the wrestling match. Photo by Stuart Haury Now here was another crazy patient to deal with. I didn't want to do another useless CT and spinal tap on this lady, but the ER had insisted on admitting her to us before any of the labs were back. This was what residency at Bellevue Hospital was all about: crazy patients turfed
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jan 21, 2010
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