Friday, April 30, 2010

Full Moon Madness

Several studies have been published that find no correlation between the number of psych complaints presenting to the emergency department and whether or not there is a full moon.

I call BS.

Highlights from this week's full moon include:

*Pt complaining of being continuously awake for a 3-day sex binge. Combative and violent, he was placed in restraints and fought off multiple rounds of medication.

*Pt complaining of pain s/p inserting a foreign body into a cavity where it does not belong.

*Pt brought in spitting, trying to bite staff, screaming "I'm going to give you AIDS."

*Pt reading a large print bible down the hall from another patient who claimed to have stolen a rosary while drunk on dollar store mouthwash.

*Pt brought for eval by police after erratically operating her motorized wheelchair - scootering under the influence?

*Immodestly dressed patient found at a college underwear party with big, heaping chunks of vomit in her hair.

When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up; now, working an 8 or 12 hour shift in the ER sometimes feels like visiting a completely different planet.

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