A symphony of bad decision making
I had occasion to be in A&E yesterday. Unfortunately I slipped on my stairs and sailed down the last four steps in inelegant fashion. It was a symphony of bad decision making – books on the stairs, arms full, and too much haste! Trying not to catastrophise I told myself that the damage was probably just ligamentous, but the clearly deformed leg told a different tale. The pain was horrible, but telling myself that I was safe and the worst case scenario was that it was broken, did help.
Amazonian air disasters and A&E
Opposite me in the A&E department a man sat glancing at the TV from time to time. Others were transfixed. I became aware of the narrator speaking in a breathless manner describing two planes on a potential collision course over the Amazon jungle. With tones ever more grave he described in detail the human error, computer failure and pilot inexperience leading up to the crash. Ending with the statement that the Amazon jungle was not a good place to crash your plane! There’s a good place to crash your plane, I asked myself?
My ultimate SIM
I was thinking that the Air Crash Investigators might not be the most prudent programme to be showing people who are already stressed, worried and possibly in pain when the man opposite me, in dead pan fashion said, “Don’t worry, love, Medical Mishaps is coming on next!” The A&E waiting room fell about laughing. Worrying about my leg and the consequences of the injury was a heady enough concoction without the disaster celebrants on TV. But, in one fell swoop the humourous banter dissolved the atmosphere of anxiety and replaced it with something altogether less threatening. And so homeward bound with a box set of the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy under one arm. Humour; it is my ultimate SIM. It makes everything better.
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Blanaid Coveney is a practicing physiotherapist in Dublin, Ireland. Her professional interests include epidemiology, pain and all things brain related.