Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On the No-no

There were some grandmother beliefs in a hospital, or a clinic, just like how the coffin dealer said when the lid closes, that particular coffin would be sold of the following day.

When I was attached to a clinic not long ago, there was one afternoon after lunch that the entire clinic was so empty. So I was walking around, and the nurses at the nurses' station who were reading newspaper looked up at me and smiled.

So I made the most unacceptable remark in a clinic. "No patient."



The nurse's eyes widen, because I just said those forbidden spells. Apparently, that clinic had a belief that when one of the staff said something like what I did, patients came in non-stop and causes the staffs to wear themselves out.

True enough, patients came in continuously, even at 15 minutes to 5, with about 3 more patients still waiting for consultations.

But I thought it'd be good business no?



Fast forward a couple months later when I was in the trauma and emergency center, it seemed that the staff nurse there scolded one of them in the previous group who tapped his fingers on the counter, because apparently, 5 minutes after he did that, 3 crashing patients were being pushed in through those doors, and the whole resuscitating theatre was in a chaos where all the doctors and nurses were running around and shouting to save the dying patients.

But then again, no matter how much I tapped my fingers on the counter when I was on-call in the trauma center, it was still as quiet. Apparently, it meant that the doctors were too free and got time to tap their fingers on the table. Which I had, repeatedly.

So, grandmother stories in the trauma center, denied. LOL

14 Jujus:

[SK] said...

well maybe it just apply to the nurse and reception area?? cos they are the fore-fronting team..

and about the coffin believes, hmmm thanks for the info..

Paul J said...

iiisshh...so supertitious!

the happy go lucky one said...

the coffin is abit eerie for me lor...

reanaclaire said...

maybe the way u tapped was not the way the nurses tapped.. u rapped, they tapped.. mana sama? hahaha..

manglish said...

hhahahahaha.......itchy fingers....

Gratitude said...

Try tapping during nite shift, and perhaps someone will return the favour to tap on your back. mwahahaha
+Ant+

Medie007 said...

SK, erm, dunno ler. applies to doctor and everyone in the team too i guess. coffin one i thought is already well known one?

Paul J, :D

happy, it's published in newspaper before one

Medie007 said...

reanaclaire, no lah i dunno how to rape. :P or RAPE rape.. :P

manglish, ya. very itchy lor. :P

gratitude, i should've shouldn't i? LOL

Danny said...

its time for u to get creative...
just go to the counter and say no guys.. see got work or not? ;p

carpe diem said...

The coffin seller will use a broom and sweep the coffins in the shop if business is bad...and voila, business will be brisk.....heard of that before?

TZ said...

one day i should sit @ the emergency room in HKL and tapping the table :p

KY said...

Grandmother stories only applicable for women? LOL.

Medie007 said...

Danny, so cheeky hor u? LOL

carpe, haven't heard about sweeping before. LOL

TZ, u allowed to go in meh? blek.

KY, yakah? why so sexist one~

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

GONG XI FA CAI!
Wishing you HEALTH,
WEALTH AND HAPPINESS!
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shakira