At the time, I figured our encounter would be a once in a lifetime experience, so imagine my surprise when he returned a few days later as a trauma patient after falling at home. Pressing him for information about the fall, the triage nurse learned that the bannister on his staircase had broken beneath him, prompting a tumble down a flight of stairs*.
*Contrary to popular belief #1: arriving by ambulance does not get you seen faster. Ambulance patients wait just as long as everyone else, though if they have an IV they must stay in our triage hallway rather than the waiting room to prevent them from walking out and shooting up through their line.
*Contrary to popular belief #2: despite the rumors making their way through the ER at the time, we do not transfer patients to veterinary hospitals if they are too large for our CT scanner.