I was born at night, but not last night

Recently, saw a patient I’d seen the day before in the ED.  Chief complaint: lost their prescription.

Me: what happened?

Pt: I lost my prescription for the pain medication.  I think it was called hydrocodone.

Me: I see you have two medications in their bottles there.  Those are the antibiotics I prescribed you yesterday?

Pt: Yes.

Me: You realize all three of those prescriptions were printed out on the same piece of paper, right?

Pt: …

Me: Enjoy your tylenol.

I mean, really.


  1. **shakes head** … seriously ….

  2. Jim in Texas says:

    What a maroon, what a ignoramasus……

    we gotta “do” lunch sometime in the new year.

  3. Awwwwww, brownie points for trying…

  4. Sheesh… should have smacked him once on the back of the head… just for the principle of it.

  5. Funny! I did just have a 400 pound woman tell me she injured her back falling off a skateboard. I was able to make it out of the room without rolling my eyes, then called her hometown (30 miles North) to find out she had been kicked out of the ER there. At least make the story somewhat believable; a SKATEBOARD?