I'm new here and am questioning my wisdom on posting to a site such as this, but if I gain some insight from someone with similar experience then
perhaps it will be worth my time.
First, an introduction - I'm a doctor in an ER in Colorado (Boulder to be exact). The only verification I'll give is that our hospital uses a set
of guidelines called Encore Values that are specific and unique to our small community hospital. We have several campuses including an original
location and a new facility that has been open for a few years now. The following incident occurred at the former. If you need proof of my own
validity you can easily figure out which hospital I'm referring to and simply call and ask them whether or not we use "Encore Values" as part of
our mission statement. That should at least go some distance in giving me a smattering of credibility. As for the account that I am about to relate, I
can offer no proof. I can only tell you what happened.
Three nights ago I was in the middle of my shift and was having a relatively quiet evening, especially for a weekend. We were then given a heads up
about a multiple victim accident that had occurred on The Diagonal (a highway that leads into town here). I took on one of the incoming and will
describe the patient as "him" although I will say that it may have been a man or a woman. Because of HIPPA regulations I cannot reveal any
information that may relate to his/her identity. I will refer to this patient simply as "scalp lac" due to their only visible injury.
The patient came in and seemed to be altered and because a head injury was involved I had a nurse draw labs and immediately sent the patient down
for a head CT. The results were negative (no bleeds or trauma to the brain noted). The patient had a particularly nasty scalp laceration that we
addressed successfully and I felt we would probably send this patient on their way after our workup was complete.
As I was reviewing another patient's chart that was also involved in the accident I was alerted by the nurse that "scalp lac" was requesting my
attention. I went into the room and the patient seemed agitated although not altered as previously noted. As I entered he asked me if he could trust
me. I smiled and assured him that he could. Patients from time to time need reassurance and I began to wonder again about the patient's mental
well-being. I asked what was on his mind and I pulled up an exam stool and sat beside him. As I reached out to pat his arm as I often do with patients
he recoiled and knocked over a metal rolling table next to his bed and also dislodged his pulse ox monitor from his index finger as well as pulling
the lead from his BP cuff.
The nurse stepped into the doorway and motioned for security. I looked back at her and gave a nod to let her know that it was ok. The patient then
stated, "Don't touch me. I'm hot right now." I assured him that no one would touch him and asked him where and how he felt hot.
This is the conversation that followed:
"I feel hot. I know things then. I know things about you now because I'm hot."
"Where do you feel hot? Are you in pain? We need to get your monitors back in place. Is that ok?"
"No. I'm hot right now. Don't touch me. I know things when I'm hot."
At this point I was about to ask the nurse for a particular medication to help with the situation. She's a very good nurse and was likely well aware
of what I was about to ask. And then he asked me,
"Does your wife know about the green book?"
At this point I turned and told the nurse to give us a moment. His statement had taken me off guard. As the nurse pulled the privacy curtain and
stepped away, I asked him what he meant.
"I'm hot right now. I know things. I know about the green book you got for her."
-Continued in next post
Many members have become highly skeptical of this story, and some have determined it to be a hoax. See
this post for more information.
[edit on 4-6-2008 by SkepticOverlord]