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Caring For Our Elderly & Job Security

By Dailydoseofmusings @mythoughts4sure

You know that the day is going to be busy when your first call comes in 30 seconds after you log in for your shift. The call came in at 0601 to respond to an unresponsive person.
We go rip-roaring across the countryside down several rural roads. We entered the house and made our way to the living room to find a 67 year old man sitting in his recliner talking to his home care aide. So much for unresponsive I thought to myself. I introduced myself and asked why he called us out this morning.
He explained to me, "I woke up this morning and my right arm was numb. It's scaring me! There were some red lines on my arm too, see here?" as he pointed across his right bicep. 
From that point on, I found it a little difficult to keep a straight face but I just went on and performed a thorough assessment.  My partner asked if it was still numb.

Him:  "No Sir."
Me:  "How long was it numb?"
Him:  "About 45 seconds."
My Partner:  "Only 45 seconds and then normal feeling came back?" 
Him: "Yes Sir." 

I started to check to see if he had good sensation, equal pulses and movement in his hands and wrist. All appeared to be good so far.  I then took a set of vitals (pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, skins signs) and my partner hooked him up to the ECG (heart monitor), I continued my questioning.

Me:  "Do you have a headache, weakness, blurred/double vision, ringing in the ears, chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, N/V/D (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)...?"
Him:  "No Sir."
Me:  "Do you have any medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, hepatitis, strokes, seizures...?"
Him:  "No."
My Partner:  "Are you taking any medications?"
Him:  "No."
Me:  "Are you allergic to any medications?"
Him:  "No Sir."

I then informed him that his vitals appeared to be all normal and his ECG was fine. I finally asked the question that I wanted to ask in the first place.

Me:  "Sir, is it possible that you may have just slept on your arm the wrong way and it unfortunately went to sleep on you?"
 Him:  "Yeah, I guess so. I never thought of that actually."
Me:  "Do you want us to take you to the city, to the hospital to get checked out by a Doctor?"
He mumbled under his breath:  "No. I'll be just fine."
Me:  "Sign here... and have a nice day Sir.  Be sure to call us if you need us.  Stay well."

Sometimes I just have to laugh. It's silly calls like this that actually make my day. I  just look at it as job security.

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