a very special oreo

so i'm sitting here eating my "day off" pb&j (what's the difference between a "day off" pb&j and any other pb&j you might ask? take it easy there friend, not until i know you better...) and something magical happened. i got the never before seen (by me) triple decker oreo. yes 3 cookies and one layer of cream. for some of you, i know, this may seem more of a waste than a gift from God himself. but for someone like me who has recently come to appreciate the cookie more than the cream, well you can imagine just how happy i am and why i needed to let the internet know.

WARNING: hospital talk below

2 weeks in Parkland's ER and here are some of my favorite chief complaints (brief summaries written by nurses on the chart):

  • "groin pain" - a perennial favorite.
  • "there's a snake in my back" - a schizophrenic trying to describe what turned out to be a dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm. lucky we caught it.
  • "it feels like there is something in my rectum" - again, another one to make you excited about seeing a patient.
  • "skin ulcers" - a 50 year old skin popper with absolutely no flesh on her left forearm or thigh because the needles she uses are dirty and a raging infection had eaten it away.
  • "peeing from scrotum" - 71 year old with abscess draining so much, that's what he thought was going on down there for the last 3 months. yes, 3 months. and he decided to treat it by smoking crack. yes, crack.
yes, i am officially living the dream...now i'm gonna eat my special oreo.


clark, the Lord moves in mysterious ways. and so do folks in the ER, apparently. -joel

Friday, 20 April, 2007  

I am glad it is your job and not mine Clark. Sounds pretty gross.

Friday, 20 April, 2007  

yes, Clark, God bless you in that! More power to you! :)

Sunday, 22 April, 2007  

clark, i've got a great chief complaint for you. this is how i know i'm in arkansas:

me: "what brings you to the hospital?"
kid: "i got snake bit by this," upon which he pulls a decapitated copperhead and severed head out of a walmart bag.

Sunday, 22 April, 2007  

Clark, thanks for entertaining us with your hilarious ER stories. And Erin thanks for inviting us to get updates on you guys. Jill and I will have to hop on the blog wagon sometime soon! -kyle

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007  

I also prefer more cookie to cream in my Oreos. What an awesome gift you were given.

Tuesday, 01 May, 2007  

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