Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Public Service Announcement

If you come in with a blood sugar of 28, and we can't get a line on you because your veins suck, so the doc decides to put a central line in, and when he pulls back the sheets to prep your groin there is a cockroach crawling in your pubic hair, YOU HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN JUST HYPOGLYCEMIA.

Clean your house. Or move.

33 comments:

pediem said...

Juuust mebbe the cockroaches eated up all of his sugar? Just saying, you know. Which is still bigger problems, come to think of it.

I vote with clean the house.

Matt M said...

Puts the cock in cockroach.

Had to be said.

GuitarGirlRN said...

gee-ROSS!

Jeff B said...

Just threw up in my mouth a little.

wordwitch said...

ok, that is just out-right ubergross.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ, that is the nastiest thing I've ever read! And I'll be back later for more.

LadyBugCrossing said...

Ewww... that's nasty, but in a sick sort of way, it's hysterical!

NJ EMS said...

UGGGGGGGG!

X-ray Rocks! said...

Was it a big cockroach or a little cockroach?
Gross either way!

the anonymous therapist said...

I swear you live in the same county as I do. If you don't, your patient will shortly be moving here...

EE said...

Totally gross and funny at the same time!

ERP said...

Wowsers, if the guy ate that cockroach, his blood sugar would have been higher!

Anne said...

Thank you for that mental image. This leads me to another question: how do you not know there's a cockroach crawling around in the hedges, so to speak? And would it be more disturbing if he didn't know, or knew and didn't care?

WhiteCoat said...

We had a lady not too long ago who came in for foot pain. When she took off her shoe, a cockroach crawled up her leg onto the bed. She grabbed it between her thumb and forefinger and squeezed it like a little cockroach "packing bubble" -- then went on describing her pain as if nothing had happened.
Itching all night after that one.

girlvet said...

we deserve more money...

Canadian Girl said...

Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew! I may not like the cold winters in my neck of the woods, but at least it keeps the creepy crawlies down to a minimum!

~*~Snappz~*~ said...

Wow. That's freaking disgusting ...

Sometimes, people disturb me.

KiKi said...

OMG.
OMG.
OMG.

In shock. Totally grossed out. But I'll be back.

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PE Mommy said...

OMG, people actually live like that???? Whitecoat that is DISGUSTING. How can they not know? How can they live like that? Ewwwwwww.

Kacey said...

Reminds me of the way to cure "crabs" ---
Shave down the middle of the pubic hair
Light the two sides on fire
When the bugs run out into the clearing ---Stab them with an icepick.
Truly, I can't imagine seeing a roach on someone's person. Ewww!

Penelope said...

I don't know what to say.

I'm just shocked.

Karen

shuggy said...

ick.

medrecgal said...

OMG...EWWWW!!! That's the nastiest thing I've seen on a medblog in about a week. However, it's not any nastier than some of the stuff you see in medical records...

AzRN said...

reminds me of the story my er rn friend told me about the hooker who was found to have maggots during her vaginal exam....gotta looove the big city...

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was her pet.

newlymed said...

wow. That tops the charts for the coolest story I've heard all day.

Florida NP said...

Jees. DId you suck it up with the yankaur?

Alasse said...

That's so GROSS I can't even find the words, not even in my mother tongue. Take a shower, for God's sake. And a pubic shave and disinfectation. Or two.

kvegas911 said...

HAHAHAHAHA I've had that patient too, back in the day. Had to get an ENT to pry the other roach out of her ear, too. Makes you wonder precisely what kind of bacteria the "downstairs" roach is feeding on? Gag. Actually, I think we may have arrested her this last weekend.

firefighter girl said...

that is so not right.

Anonymous said...

I had a kid come into a clinic the other day because the mother said the kid's head was itchy. I expected lice.

IT-- WAS--FLEAS!!

The mother was informed what to do for the child's condition and told they'd have to bomb the house to get rid of the infestation.

Blech!