Sunday, January 3, 2010

A New Record

I've seen more than a few lightweights drink their way into the ER, and I've babysat many of them as they sobered up in the drunk tank.

With the cold weather in full blast, it's not uncommon for patients to spend most of the night sobering up where it's warm.

But this weekend was my first experience triaging a drunk kid around 0100 (careful to avoid the vomit remnants in his stubble), only to find him still mostly out of it when I returned the next afternoon.

Spending 16 hours sobering up on a stretcher in a hallway is certainly one way to ring in the new year.

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