Sometimes patients say the funniest things. As a medical profession, we are around the lingo day in and day out. It's easy to lose the perspective of a lay person. That means funny patient quotes are bound to happen.
In fact, I had a funny patient quote just the other day. It was an older lady admitted with abdominal pain and severe constipation who had remarkable results with just a couple suppositories.
Happy: How do you feel today?
Woman: I feel fantastic. I want you to send me home with a couple dozen of them depositories.
It took every ounce of strength in my body not to start laughing out loud. But she got a heck of a smile out of me. I couldn't help but see images of Ben Bernanke dumping wheelbarrows full of freshly minted cash into his vault as she tried to tell me about the rest of her night.
She lost me at depositories. It's like a cancer patient who doesn't hear a word you say after you drop the C world. I didn't hear a word she said after the whole depository thing. All I could do was smile and laugh inside. It made my day. I suppose she figured I was just really happy that she pooped. I didn't have the heart to correct her. It was just too cute. This nursing someecard helps to explain.