I don't know if I'm just in a good mood or what, but my patients are actually really interesting to talk to tonight. I had five 10 p.m. breathing treatments, and I got into a lengthy discussion with each one.
I guess what I got tonight was a dose of normalcy. I had some normal patients as opposed to a bunch of dementia patients or people so sick they don't want to communicate.
Tonight, however, my patients were intelligent and interesting:
Patient #1 was watching the Tigers and we got into a neat discussion about what the Tigers need to do to be an improved team next year.
Patient #2 was a police officer who simply had the bum luck to get pneumonia. He was watching a show where people were tasing each other. He told me that as part of police training the officers have to be shocked with a taser.
He said, "It's something you never want to have done twice. When you get hit with the prongs you go down like a falling rock. It's not fun."
He said he has rarely used one, but there are a few losers who leave you no choice but to use it. Some officers, he said, use it way too much.
Patient #3 was an asthmatic, and he talked about what a bad asthmatic he was when he was a kid. He said it wasn't until he "cured myself from myself that I got my asthma under control."
Being an asthmatic myself, I had trouble removing myself from that room.
So, all my patients are normal tonight. It's a wonderful break for the RT Cave RT.