Funny cases at a&e

Posted: September 20, 2012 in books



Accident and emergency rooms must see some strange cases, here are a few i’ve uncovered

There is a story told by NHS nurses about a man who turned up at accident and emergency walking in a strange manner and telling a confused tale.

It transpired that he suffered from constipation, and had been advised to take a boiled egg. Misunderstanding the advice, he took the egg as close as was possible to the problem afflicting him.

Among the funny – and sometimes tragic – stories doing the rounds in hospital casualty departments is the one of the patient who waited hours to see a doctor because the new shoes he had been given for Christmas were giving him blisters.

The man sat patiently for four hours before a doctor was free to see him, and when it was pointed out to him what the problem might be, said: “Gosh, doctor, you could be right.”

Mr Lambert also tells the tale known to many A&E consultants, though no-one is exactly sure where it originates from, of the man who decided to deliver his Christmas presents the traditional way – through the chimney.

“He though he’d be very sensible and tie a rope round his waist,” said Mr Lambert. “He tied the other end of the rope to the bumper of his car and climbed up onto the roof, where he was merrily putting the presents down the chimney when his wife got into the car and drove it off.”

Fortunately, the man was not badly injured, so the story goes.

But his most ridiculous experience came on a Christmas day when a woman rang up asking how long she should cook her turkey.

Mr Randall said: “The nurse who took the call said it was hardly an accident and emergency problem, to which the woman replied: ‘If we don’t cook it properly, we’re going to get food poisoning and we’ll have to come in – then it’ll be your problem’.

One very determined man set about committing suicide. He swallowed copious amounts of vodka and a few nitroglycerin pills to boot. When he was questioned about the bruises all over his head, he told the attending doctor he was ramming his head against the wall to get the nitroglycerin to explode.

Hilarious! i have a funny story of my own, i have very long hair and when my son was three months old i changed him out of his baby grow one morning only to find his big toe was twice the size it should be! panicking i rushed him up to a&e where they told me a strand of my hair was wound so tightly round his toe it was cutting off his circulation! they had to cut his toe and used the smallest tweezers i’ve ever seen to remove it! luckily his toe survived the ordeal and the doctor admitted he’d never seen a case like that before!!! i obsessively checked the feet of his baby grows after that not wanting a repeat performance!!!

  1. Jane Risdon says:

    I laughed my head off. So funny. I’ve been spending a lot of time in hospitals over the last 3 years and I must say I think I have seen and heard it all….then this! Linda, hoping your books are going well and life in general is fab for you and the family. Not see much of you these days. Still, I am chuffed you popped over to my author page and liked The Auditions. Do pop over to Creative Frontiers if you can and read both parts of the story (true story) and leave a comment so they know someone is looking. Appreciate it. Meantime, hope all your writing is being recognised, so pleased to see you out and about when I look. Have a fab Mothering Sunday too. 🙂 Jane

    • Hi Jane I’m glad you liked it 🙂 I’ve been really busy with tours and cover reveals getting ready for the book release on monday. I’ve also been ill. I haven’t been able to hear smell or taste for nearly three weeks now! I will pop over and check out your post and also leave a comment. I’m hoping the doctor will prescribe something to get rid of this. Thanks for dropping in and i’ll speak to you soon 🙂

      • Jane Risdon says:

        I wondered as I had not seen you about and I thought you might have your head down writing and looking after 7 kids. Hope you feel better soon, lots of nasty things going round, so look after yourself. I am glad book tours are going well and the next book too…how time ahs flown since that first MS! Wishing you good health and lots of success….thanks for popping in. Appreciated. 🙂

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