The patient had done it again. A little drunk, a little high, this time he stumbled down the stairs and ended up with a unhappy deformity to his left leg. Xray confirmed a fracture, which was splinted in the ED and mostly likely would require surgery. Luckily, the still dazed and confused patient had a long-suffering family member present to schedule a visit at the ortho clinic, inquire about discharge care instructions, arrange a ride home, and locate the nearest 24 hour pharmacy.
It's a real shame when a 12 year old is forced to be more mature than his parent.