My healthcare days are far behind me, but I often think of some of the craziness I witnessed firsthand. I'm not talking about illness or the difficult situations people find themselves in, through no fault of their own. No, this is a direct question to the many folks who come into the emergency room in need of the assistance of a trained professional...to remove something from their derriere.
Many mall shops have sprung up claiming to offer a variety of reasonably priced storage solutions, so it can't be an unavailability of places to put flashlights or tools. I dare say the items did not land there as the result of a promising young pitcher, or accidental misplacement. Was this a dare - and did he lose?
In the end (quite literally), it's a medical mystery that will always land you in ER.
Once, I assisted a young doctor as he tried remove a light bulb from a gentleman's posterior. Yeah...say that to yourself one more time: light bulb. Made of glass, I'll remind you; thin glass.
The fellow was sedated, and I sort of wished I was a least slightly sedated as I tried to prevent myself from committing career suicide by making a wise crack (fiddlesticks...there I go again!). If I were the patient, the last thing in the world that I would want is to be the butt of a joke (sorry...I can't help it). Maybe someone just had their head near said derriere when they had a really great idea (spoiler alert...it wasn't where to store the lightbulb).
As the doctor struggled to get a good view, I bit my tongue because all I could think was "Hey...it's a light bulb - can't we just plug it in?"
Luckily, it was removed and he was soon on the path to recovery.
This is a ER visit that everyone can avoid, a serious matter - and so I'll leave you with this closing thought: A bad O-ring brought down a space shuttle.