Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Young Couple

They came into the ED early in the morning. Before most of us have had our first cup of coffee. Their SUV had traveled at least 500 yards off the freeway by the EMT's estimate, rolling countless times. Neither had been thrown from the vehicle, although no one knew how, since the couple reported that seat belts were a distant afterthought for them. 22 and 23 years old, too young to spend a sunny January morning being extricated from a severely crippled automobile.

"I don't know how it happened," she told me. A typical response after a violent car accident. It usually takes time to process what happened. The EMTs and firefights who brought them in had some idea of what caused the crash. "See that bruising on her mid-thigh," an EMT said to me, "that's not from her seatbelt, that's from her jeans. They were halfway down when we found them in the car." "Seriously!?" I replied. "Yup, and her boyfriend here either forgot to get dressed before he left the house this morning, or some serious hanky-panky was going on in that SUV when they lost control, because he was totally naked when we arrived on-scene."

I tried to control my laughter, but it was a losing battle. Just moments before I had felt the unfairness of the situation; a young couple injured in a terrible auto accident. But as the real reason for the crash sunk in, the humor of the situation hit me and I had to leave the room so that the patients didn't see me laughing. Had their injuries been more severe, I would have felt guilty about my laughing at their situation. Inexplicably they sustained only minor cuts and abrasions, but left the hospital that day with severe bruising to their egos.


Dan said...

Awe schucks!!!

Who can resist hanky-panky at 60 mph? 70mph? 80mph? The faster the better I suppose.

Seriously though there are those moments when you are dealing with a patient and you are drawing on every ounce of professionalism that you can muster and it simply isn't enough!

I'm glad to hear that they were not too badly damaged. Yet, that is the twisted thing about it. Possibly it's just me, but I doubt that. Even if they are severely hurt there are still those moments when you realize how stupid people are.

Never underestimate how stupid people can be. (Yes that includes yourself.)

Great blog.

P.S. Please feel free to link. And thank you.


Eve C. said...

Oh my, I guess me and the hubby better start behaving ourselves on the freeway! No...just kidding! I can't believe people would actually attempt fooling around while driving! Thank goodness they are ok!
PS....laughter IS the best medicine! Hopefully they are now laughing too!

Anonymous said...

OMG! What were they thinking. People do some crazy crap while driving, don't they?! They're very lucky they weren't hurt any worse than they were!

Mary said...

*shaking my head* Beds are there for a reason people! I would have had a hard time keeping a straight face after hearing that, especially because of the folks I work with....