Thursday, August 30, 2007

Repost Thursday: Tonight’s Main Event…Is In The Operating Room

This Reuter’s story sounds more like an episode of Scrubs or that serious medical drama with some guy named something like Dr. McDoodle that everyone loves to talk about these days. I think it’s called St. Elsewhere? Seriously, the story was about two professional, by the book doctors in Belgrade who got into a fistfight during an appendix operation. I thought it was called the Hippocratic Oath, not the Hit-ocratic Oath. The fight was a really rough and tumble affair according to the story that reported one doctor pulling the ear and slapping the face of the other. Man, do those Belgradians (or is it just simply people from Belgrade) really know how to fight!

As someone who’s had a few surgeries or so in his day, I would love to have been awake to see it. Do you think the patient was told about the fight that ensued during their operation after awaking from the anesthesia? I vaguely remember signing my life away before being put under but I don’t recall giving the surgeons my OK to go six rounds while my body lay cut open. I guess I would have been fine with it as long as they didn’t bump into my heart/lung bypass machine during the melee.

Once again, I think we’ve accidentally tapped into a great new reality TV series. I’ll give it the working title of Professional Punches until I can think of something better. Wouldn’t it be great to see two lawyers break into fisticuffs during a serious trial? How about seeing members of Congress beating the legislation out of each other? Heck that happens all the time in other countries. I’d suggest postal workers or air traffic controllers fighting one another, but they’ve been pretty well maligned already. Although one of the episodes could involve two brawling airline stewardesses. Oh, never mind, when I stop to really think about it, that would probably fall into an entirely different type of television. I imagine it would most likely be the type of television you have to pay extra for…

Apparently, reports that one of the doctors kept yelling ‘I float like anesthesia and sting like an IV,’ have not been confirmed. Just imagine all of the ‘weapons’ that could be made available to anyone fighting in an operating room. You have to believe that a bedpan to the head would cause some serious pain. Although who’s worried about pain when you could take a shot of morphine and strike back with a scalpel to the arm?

Fortunately, the attending assistant doctor was able to finish the surgery while the fight wrapped up. There is concern though that one of the doctor’s knocked out teeth has still not been found and the patient is complaining of a sharp, almost bite like pain in the abdomen. I’m sure it’s not related though…

26 comments:

katherine. said...

two teachers fighting on the playground?

two office workers knocking over cube walls like dominos?

two players in a hockey game? nevermind..

Michael C said...

Katherine: That would be fun!!! Especially the cubicle one ;-)

FRIGGA said...

Okay, I know I'm technically cheating because I haven't read today's post yet...

However - I had to congratulate you on your cougar like speed! Now I can come back tomorrow and post only nice comments ;-)

Odat said...

I hate going under anethesia...and this is another good example why!
;-)
Peace

Kimmer said...

Dear Michael,

While today's post is a repeat, I have noticed a pattern that I feel I need to speak out on. Yes, Michael - this is an intervention.

I'm very concerned that your last two posts have centered around topics such as VIOLENCE and WEAPONRY. I view this as a cry for help. It is clear to me that you're in dire need of brainwashing, er I mean counseling.

As penance, I want you to go to Jeff Gordon's official fan site and read at least three paragraphs about how talented a driver he is. THEN, you need to pour acid into your eyes and wash your mouth out with soap.

At that point, you'll be cleansed and in a clear state of mind so that we, the blogging community, can help you with whatever personal issues you're facing at home.

I'm glad to be of help today.

Your friend,
Kimmer

:)

Patti said...

Michael, why aren't you in TV land coming up with ideas for new shows? I don't watch but I would if you were one of the writers :-)

Michael C said...

Frigga: Hopefully it makes up for missing your '13' last week ;-)

Odat: I am tempted to employ my own anesthesiologist at bedtime.

Kimmer: I tried to get to a Jeff Gordon site, but my arms stopped worked as I typed the site address in. However, I now have lots of pent up things to yell at him during practice and happy hour on Saturday.
;-)

Patti: Those TV fools! They don't know what they are missing!!

CS said...

Is there no one you can trust. Yo'd like to think the person slicing you open is at least behaving him/herself.

Candace said...

That's freaky. I'm going to make it a point never to be surgurized by a Belgradian. I'd let Dr. Cox do it, though, even if he does only play one on TV. ^_^

Candace said...

Ha! I just realised that your blog has "deep thoughts" too. :)

Jenny! said...

Oh....that could be a major malpractice law suit....money money money! If there were teeth left in me...I would be pissed!

The Rock Chick said...

oh my...I hadn't heard this story! I'm one that's had more than their share of surgeries for a lifetime, too. I hate general anesthesia and I've always had a local when I could and stayed awake. I'm glad after hearing this.

The world has gone mad, it really has!!!!

Jessica

ARM said...

"I float like anesthesia and sting like an IV,"

Oh no you didn't...I snorted water up my nose!

Aislínge said...

Ye gods. I may never have another surgery again! I'm having trouble with my back but if this is what happens when one goes under anesthisia, no thanks!

*~*Cece*~* said...

Does insurance cover operation entertainment? Hmmm...

Michael C said...

CS: Yes, it is comforting to think that...

Candace: Yes, I fear the overenthusiasm of Belgradian PHDs ;-)

Jenny!: Yeah, you could really, uh, sink some teeth into that lawsuit!!

Rock Chick: I've had both types and I prefer neither.

ARM: Sorry about that. At least it wasn't a beverage that stings ;-)

Aislinge: Sobering thought, isn't it??

Cece: Oh I beat the medical companies get charged a pretty penny for that!!!

Airam said...

hi

Michael C said...

Airam: Hello.
How's the paper comin'??
I hope you aren't labouring too hard on it. (yes, the multi-national spelling was intentional)
:D

Airam said...

You are totally rocking the "ou" words. Paper is coming along ... it keeps on keeping on ...

Michael C said...

Airam: I like using my 'ou' words. It makes me bilingual, right???

The Brady Bunch used to keep on keeping on, so you're in good company!!

ARM said...

Great. Now I have some Brady Bunch tunes stuck in my head...

Michael C said...

ARM: Uh, oops. I guess it's not a sunshine day anymore...sorry
:D

Open Grove Claudia said...

I think in an effort to be transparent, you should share the list of surgeries you've had. I don't know why that's fascinating, but for whatever reason it is....

meleah rebeccah said...

THIS should be an episode of SCRUBS!!

But on the other hand...

"Wouldn’t it be great to see two lawyers break into fisticuffs during a serious trial?"

YES IT WOULD.


Once again.... You have MADE MY DAY.

Michael C said...

Claudia: I had my Peyton Ductis flap closed when I was born, open heart surgery to repair my aortic valve when I was 3, a hole put into my stomach as a toddler so I could be tube fed, some artery thing in my leg, had the hole I was tube fed in closed, an angiogram and another open heart surgery 2 years ago to install and artificial heart valve :D

Meleah: Yeah, let's go find some boxing lawyers!!!

kat said...

Wow! What the hell did I miss while I was gone?

What pissing contest was more important than the open bodied patient that lay waiting on the table?

And they continued the fight while the assistant finished the surgery? What the fuck? I'm so confused.