DO YOUR F*CKING JOB

So As I’m Leaving One Of My Hospitals Today, Just Happened To Walk By Radiology And Saw An X-Ray Of A Dislocated Ankle From This Morning . . I Was Curious Because There Was No Follow-Up X-Ray Post Reduction.

So I Walked Through The ER To See What Was Going On . . To My Surprise, The Patient Was Still There. A Very Sweet 81-Year Old In Obvious Distress With A Splint On Her Leg.

I Asked Her If Anybody Tried To Straighten Her Ankle (Nobody Did). She Said That They Just Put A Splint On Her Leg, But It Was Obviously Still Dislocated And Needing Attention.

I Explained That I Wasn’t Her Doctor And Only Wanted To Make Sure That Things Were Okay After I Saw Her X-Ray . . She Immediately Interrupted Me And Said If I Wouldn’t Mind, She Would Like For Me To Take Care Of Her. I Reminded The Patient That She Didn’t Even Know Me . . She Said I Don’t Know You, But I Know Of You, Because All The Nurses Have Been Singing Your Praises.

So About 10 Minutes Later, I Was “Officially” On-Consult, Had Her Consent And Was Headed To The OR. Literally, It Took Me A Blink Of An Eye To Align The Ankle . . And A Few More Minutes For The Cast To Harden.

While In The Recovery Room, My Still Groggy 81-Year Told Me She Was Glad That She Followed Her Instincts And Asked Me To Get Involved. In Her Haze, She Even Extended An Invitation To Dance With Her As Soon As The Ankle Was Fully Healed. My Simple Response Was That I’m Not Much Of A Dancer, But I’m Happy To Come Over For Lunch (Bet She’s A Helluva’ Cook).

Moral Of The Story: Keep Your Eye Open For An Opportunity To Change Somebody’s Life . . Then Take A Risk That Might Lead You To A New Friend.

PS: Always Be Nice To Nurses . . Because If They Like You, You’re Golden.

Peace & Love

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