As part of the ancillary nursing staff, the technician is a cover-all role for all the random and labor-intensive tasks of the emergency room. Being a tech is one of the most interesting and difficult jobs one can have and I hope you enjoy my stories from the bottom of the healthcare ladder at a busy city ER.
HIPAA: None of the names I use are those of real patients.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Mr. Pesto was an old hippie patient of mine who kept drinking protein shakes before he was admitted and went upstairs. He forgot his walker in the ER, however. I ran upstairs with it for him and he brightened to see me again. His wife had gone home and we joked for a little while about college basketball until his doctor came in.
S: Well, Mr. Pesto, have a good night. I wish you the best of luck.
Mr. Pesto: You too. Do you have my screen name?
S: What? No...?
Mr. Pesto: Well I'm pesto-something! Message me sometime so I can have yours! Maybe we can hang out. ;-)
Awkward S: Oh, haha- that's funny, um, ok. Good night!
The doctor grinned at me, apparently bemused. Needless to say, I won't be taking him up on that. No to long romantic strolls (alongside his walker), no to getting (protein) drinks with the bearded man and his wife.