"I need a refill on my Viagra."
The subsequent conversation went something like this:
Me: (exasperated) You came to the EMERGENCY room at 1AM for a refill on your Viagra?!?
Patient: But it is an emergency.
Me: (incredulous) This is the most trivial, non-urgent thing I have ever seen in the ER. How on earth could it be an emergency?
Patient: (completely impassive) I've got a date tonight.
I didn't have the heart to ask whether his "date" was yet to begin (at 1AM) or whether the girl (?) was waiting in the car. And no, I did not refill his medication, either. I gave him a stern talk abou responsibility and planning ahead and proper use of the ER, scolded him for wasting $200 of the taxpayers' money with such foolishness, and sent him out to his now-joyless date and a follow-up appointment with his Primary Care Physician. Perhaps it was mean of me to deny him the refill, but I work on the same philosophy as the National Park Service: "Don't Feed the Bears."
The mind reels.
12 May 2006
Posted by shadowfax at 9:56 AM