Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy


Part of Your Chart Part I

Going back through my dictations today, I found this gem that I dictated at the height of exhaustion in the wee hours:

HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: This is a 30ish-year-old African American male who apparently was drinking heavily and fell asleep on the train tracks. He awoke when the train ran over his legs yet managed to call 9-1-1. Paramedics on scene report that he had a GCS of 15, was talking well and somehow moving all extremities, although they noted that his legs were not attached to his body.

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  1. he must be a zombie..

  2. Hey, tell it like it is!

    Poor dude, exactly what blood alcohol level is it where the train tracks seem like the right place for a nap?

  3. Actually, D, supposedly it happens more often than you’d think. I hear the tracks are warm because of the electricity (I assuming at the station?) and so homeless people tend to crowd around them…

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