There are a few things that have become a trend for me this week, and I figured I would share it with you.
The first one is probably the least exciting, but it makes my list a nice set of three things, so I'm including it. It is Urinary Tract Infections!!! Not for me personally, but it was a big theme this week at the nursing home. Way more of an issue than usual. So that was trend number one for the week.
Number two has to go to Hand Injuries! Luckily not for me again. But today I saw two patients with hand injuries. (Kind of a fluke given that I had a very slow day in clinic). the first one was a guy who had an accident with a circular saw. Any accident with a saw is ugly, and this was no exception. After gently teasing through the hamburger he had in place of the base of his left index finger, I decided that the cut was deep enough and close enough to the joint space, tendons, bone, etc that he should go on to the ER (which they call A&E here - Acute and Emergent, I think) for imaging and likely a plastic surgeon/hand surgeon. Turns out, as I was driving away from clinic, I saw (no pun intended) him pull up to the clinic, so I swung around the block to talk to him and he said they just stitched him up in the ER, no Xray, no surgeon.... ok! bold move.
The second hand injury was actually afterhours. I'm on call tonight. As I was driving home from Schnitzel Night at the local pub (I couldn't make that up), I got a call saying a boy got a fishing hook stuck in his thumb. so I met him and his dad at the clinic to get that out of there for him. He let me take a picture, but I forgot to do it before hand, so he suggested I take one of him holding it anyway. Hopefully that's it for hand injuries.
|Just Minutes before this picture was taken, he could hold that lure using only his thumb.|
And Theme Number Three is this: