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I Have a Dent in my Forehead

I have a dent in my forehead.

“Why do you have a dent in your forehead?” you ask me.

I have a dent in my forehead because:

(A) Layrngoscope blades occasionally become detached from their handles

(B) They sometimes become detached while in the hands of a nervous intern

(C) Said nervous intern, while trying to grab the blade, instead knocks it through the air

(D) When people are doing CPR, they’re in a big huddle and there’s not much empty space

(E) Gravity works

In case that wasn’t entirely clear, then let me sum it up – I got hit in the forehead by a laryngoscope blade when a nervous intern (bless him!), trying to intubate in the midst of a mock-code, knocked it off and it went sailing.  Its gotta land somewhere, so why not smack-bang to the left of center of my forehead?  Chris tells me its not noticeable, but I can still feel it!

It could’ve been worse, though.  A guy that I know was once shocked with 360 joules of electricity when an intern forgot to announce that she was about to shock the patient (this was during a training module).  He happened to be touching the “patient’s” leg, and BAM, he went up on his tiptoes, chest flung out, and he flew back about a foot.  He said his joints ached for hours afterward.


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8 thoughts on “I Have a Dent in my Forehead

  1. OH MY GOODNESS! I’m so sorry this happened to you … but I almost choked on my dinner I am laughing so hard. It sounds like something I would do!

  2. Ha ha, I know! I personally think Twinkies are gross, but then I love Papa John’s pizza and I know that there are a bunch of people who think its disgusting. If there was a way to ship it over here, I would so do it! So, I guess its a matter of taste 🙂

  3. I’m glad you’re okay! Goodness! That is dangerous work you’re doing and I feel terrible for the guy who got shocked. Scary!

    P.S. I just read your Twinkies post and just about fell in the floor laughing. Those things are so gross – and I didn’t even know about the beef fat until now. Double yuck. I’m going to try not to judge though. Maybe if I was far from home, a Twinkie would make me feel less homesick. But I doubt it.

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