Weekend Call

Last night, two patients in the hospital tried to leave. One of them just wanted to go to another hospital because the good doctors here had switched her IV pain medications to oral. We were consulted to make sure she had the capacity to leave against medical advice.

Dear Doctor, just because a patient wants to leave your care does not imply she has lost her marbles. She may have bad judgment, but this is a free country.

The second person tried to leave the world by hanging himself while he was in the hospital because he wasn't getting enough pain meds for his injuries. By the time we saw him, he had practically been knocked out by the cornucopia of IV pain meds. His pupils were pinpoint. But he told me he would try to kill himself again if his pain was not taken care of.

I now have four more.

Psychiatry is fun.

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About purplesque

Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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5 Responses to Weekend Call

  1. Lakshmi says:

    And rewarding, is it not? Hate to repeat myself, but, Kudos.

  2. Purplesque says:

    Rewarding? Sometimes. Interesting? Always.I've been kicked out of one patient's room, hugged in the other. There have been tears and jokes and Tons of drama.And my day has only begun.

  3. Emjay says:

    Tough job! Hope the rest of the day was better.

  4. Purplesque says:

    Thanks..can't say it was, but I'm back home finally, so not complaining!

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