Monday, June 14, 2010

You Know How To Breathalyze, Don't You?

Just pucker your lips and blow.

At least that's how we tried to explain the process to the extremely intoxicated teenager who arrived in the ER covered in vomit over the weekend. Poking him with the straw, I asked him to blow out like he was blowing out a candle.

Eyes still mostly closed, head perked up a little, he affixed his lips to the straw, but rather than blowing out, he started sucking.


Said the medic, "Not that kind of blow," as he continued to go to town.

I half expected the breathalyzer's LED screen to light up a smiley face as it got more action that night than any of the rest of us.

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