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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Casualty Calamity!

Ok, not everything in my life happens in the OT. This past emergency day I was sitting in the casualty for around an extra hour, overlapping with my junior trying to teach him some surgery!

In come a bunch of cops with a drunk guy who has somehow managed to hit his head. So he's sitting there on the bed, my junior goes takes the history comes and tells me about it and we advise some stitches and injections to ease him of his pain. In the mean while, the cops are grilling him about who he is, why he was drunk and how he fell unconscious with a laceration over his scalp.

This was a particularly heavy day and there were a lot of patients in the trauma ward, mostly medicine cases but the sisters were busy, so the guy is still waiting for his injection to cure his pain and he has like 5 cops asking him all sorts of questions!

He loses it...I mean loses it, stands up on the bed, grabs the tube light off the wall and breaks it over his head and in totally bollywood style threatens to drive the half he's holding into his own stomach.

Everyone is like shocked, the cops take some 4 steps backwards and try and coax him out of his beloved tube. I'm sitting there on the Doctor's desk studying away not really concerned because it doesn't look like the guy is capable of doing anything. My junior says do something and I tell him, " Just let him be, if he stabs himself we get another case to operate upon and if he doesn't everything comes back to normal."

Mr. Drunk had other ideas...He proceeds to hurl some choice Maharashtrian French words at my junior who then snaps and puts his steth down walks up to his cot and slaps the bugger so hard in the face (twice) that the tube, the guy and the guy's brains all switch off at the same instant. Then the brave cops of Mumbai not to mention the security of the Great B.M.C. come and tie him up.

By this time we have walked out of the casualty saying there is danger to our lives and we can't work under such circumstances and wait till the C.M.O. works out this particular case and then we go back in and everything except my junior is back to normal...hehehehe

Nothing happened, he didn't stab himself, he didn't get admitted and he did basically nothing else after that but leave! Since it was a bollywood type of incident, the ending had to be just as sad as a Hindi movie na!

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