It’s good to have your medical history on a piece of paper!
Conversation happening between a patient and a nurse in the bed next to me in the pre-Op area:
Nurse: did you have breakfast this morning?
Nurse: Okay, good. Did you take any medications this morning?
Nurse: Do you normally take medications in the morning?
Nurse: Which ones?
Patient: Lots. I have lots of pills.
Nurse: Okay–which ones?
Patient: They’re all different kinds.
Nurse: Names? Does these medications have names?
Patient: Oh, yes yes. [rattles of lots of different drug names]
Nurse: any heart problems?
Patient: No, no heart attack.
Nurse: I see in your history you’ve had a pace maker put in place.
Patient: Oh ya…
Nurse: When was it put in?
Patient: Awhile ago.
Nurse: like, do you have a date?
Patient: a few years ago.