:: Saying the darndest thing December 3, 2007Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School.
Tags: blunders, silly student itu aku
“Terlajak perahu boleh diundur
Terlajak kata buruk padahnya”
In my case, there wasn’t any significant harm. It just made me look silly. A silly medical student. Seriously I don’t know what I was thinking at the time.
The incident took place in the afternoon outpatients clinic. I was requested to convert the patients weight from ‘kg’ to ‘stones’. I asked the nurse where I could find the conversion chart.
Me : where’s the weight conversion chart?
Nurse : It’s here love, (while looking at it) what’s the patient’s weight?
Me : 58.5 kg
Nurse : right.. it’s 9 stone 3
(this is the part when the stupid statement came blurting out of my mouth without thinking)
Me : Is that for man or woman?
Arghhhh.. I felt like sinking into the ground when I realized what I’ve said. For my defense, can I just say that the chart looked very much like a peak flow chart that the thinking mode (if there was one) was automatically switched to asking about gender difference. Come to think of it, this is actually balasan Tuhan for something I sniggered at some time ago. Padan.. balasan! Story later.
This also reminded me of the time when I was taking a medical history from an elderly patient. It has always been good practice to ‘sign post’ the patients story just so everyone is clear about what is happening. To do this, the technique is to either summarise everything and relate it back to the patient or repeat their words to further emphasise the matter. A good example would be as follows;
Patient : I’ve got this chest pain doctor.. (dan terus membatu..)
Dr : Chest pain? Tell me more about it
But I must have been tired out for that particular day for I find myself saying this;
Patient : I was really short of breath when I went up the stairs..
Me : I was short of breath
Patient : No.. I was short of breath
(Damn.. I knowlah.. felt sheepish at the time.. serious tau makcik nih)
Nothing however is more hilarious than the blunder a consultant did, as related in Reader’s Digest.
Consultant : (asking a patient on the wards just before discharging him) Who’s at home with you?
Patient : My wife
Consultant: My wife….
Finally, the writing blunders of writing the day’s date rather than the patients date of birth on the blood forms. Matilah nenek usia 92 tahun baru usia 1 jam.. Some Drs on the other hand, have accidentally put their name on the death certificate form!