Mommy Nurse Wife and 25!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Serious coccyx pain.

It happened AGAIN.

Patient A:
Coccyx injury over a year ago. Fell, re-injured said body part. In ED for pain control.

Patient B:
Coccyx injury almost a year ago. Re-injured said body part this week. In ED for pain control.

Came in back to back. How wierd is that?


  • At 3:00 PM, Anonymous alicia said…

    Proofread before you publish. I'll be forced to take meds to deal with your spelling errors. Be my friend if you want that favor. Yeah, that was weird.

  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger Reluctant Blogger said…

    First, Happy Anniversary Cassie!!!

    Second, I dint knowtiss any spelling errs! (actually I didn't, maybe creative spelling runs in the family).

    Third, not being a nurse I ask a coupla maybe naive questions:

    (1) how do you treat people like this for pain control? give them drugs or tell them to rest, ice, take ibuprofen, and elevate the body part? (ok, maybe not the latter ;)

    (2) if you give them particularly sought-after meds, do you think word gets out in the druggy underground that if they go to the ED claiming they re-injured a coccyx they get good stuff? My father used to see similar waves of one-time "patients" who'd come in because they were "new in town," saying they had a hard-to-diagnose but very painful problem, adding, "You could probably just give me something for the pain, like I think there's something called per...per...perking coffee?" My father would say, " mean Percocet?" "Yeah, yeah...I THINK that's it--so can I have some--NOW?!?" It was like pillheads were trading notes about best practices/latest innovations in scamming pain meds (and this was in pre-internet days, so god knows what networks they used!)

    (3) were any of their demographics at all similar? was it old people? fisherman? teens falling off trampolines? boney people who consider butt-bouncing excellent and affordable summer recreation?

    (4) if you think the problems were legit, how did they claim to have re-injured themselves? (note: I just looked it up, and the plural of "coccyx" is "coccyges"--crazy!).

    I ask because I broke my coccyx many years ago by leaping in the air and falling tailbone-first straight down on a balance beam (thus ending my gymnastic career). That was a pretty serious break. But I've never re-injured it. And sure, I can't do a V-seat on a hardwood floor, but other than that, it's not a problem.

    So, am curious about this phenom...I know you have ADHD and have probably moved on from this issue, but I'd like to hear your further thoughts!

    - Aunt Suse

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