I had another attack of deafness while endorsing a patient from ward to ICU and answering the Doctor’s questions. In between ambubagging while shifting the patient, my mind tried to focus on what the Doctor was asking.
ICU Doctor: Does he have any “EXCRETIONS?’
Me: Excretions doctor? Secretions? Yes doctor, too much secretions in the mouth.
The other nurses and healthcare team laughed.
Nurse 1: He said XRAY!
Me: Oh! Xray! Yes doctor, of course. It’s in the file.
ICU Doctor: Did he take any “ANTIEPILEPTIC” medication?
Me: EPIleptic? EPInephrine doctor! (Then I realized my mistake) No! Epinephrine is not for epilepsy doctor. We used it as stat epinephrine nebulizer doctor.
(I still haven’t answered the doctor’s question, have I?)
Then my colleague who went with me to ICU said, “No, Doctor! We didn’t give any ANAPHYLACTIC medication.”
Me: (whispered to colleague) Oh…ANAPHYLACTIC, is it? I really can’t understand his accent!